Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
Speech, Language and Communication Needs
- All teachers have received training and use the Newcastle Mainstream Guidance in supporting the needs of all pupils with communication and interaction needs.
- A scaffolded curriculum and resources including sensory equipment or access to the sensory room
- Resources to reduce anxiety and promote emotional wellbeing as well as stimulating different senses eg. fiddle toy, stress ball.
- Visual timetables to support learners to understand what will happen and when
- Makaton is used to support language in EYFS
- Now and Next boards
- Areas of low distraction
- Support/ supervise learners at time they feel most anxious or stressed
- Social skills programme/support including strategies to enhance self-esteem e.g. social stories.
- Small group targeted intervention programmes to pupils to improve skills in a variety of areas.
- Within the Early Years, Key Stage One and Lower Key Stage Two we offer Box Time.
- All staff encourages social interaction by providing a range of structured games during break times.
- Small group or one-to-one support for developing learner’s speech, language and communication following programmes of work provided by outside specialists such as speech and language therapists.
- IT is used to reduce barriers to learning where possible.
- Strategies/programmes to support speech and language development including specialists from outside of school.
- Staff work with specialists from outside of school to support the learners overcome barriers.
Updated August 2022