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Rainbow department comprises of four classes for children with a range of complex needs including Autism, Speech, Language and Communication needs, social, physical and sensory related difficulties.

We combine the structure and routine from the TEACCH program with the more flexible ‘learning through play’ approach from Early Years settings.  This enables children to understand their day and what is expected of them but builds in opportunities for social interaction, effective communication and the ability to transfer skills and cope with change.  Staff support this group of children develop strategies to cope with difficulties they may face outside of their familiar home and school settings.  Independence and life skills are a key focus within our department and we work closely with families and outside professionals to create individual learning programs for each child incorporating their therapy, educational and life skills targets.

Speech, language, physio and occupational therapy activities are interwoven into each day.  Depending on their individual needs children may also access individual or group activities including:

  • Attention Autism
  • Intensive Interaction
  • Makaton signing
  • Picture Exchange Communication System (PECs),
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication Aids (ProxPads),
  • See & Learn Whole Word Reading Scheme,
  • Numicon mathematics scheme
  • Fine motor skills program (Write from the Start)
  • Gross motor skills programs (P.E.G.S and First Funs Real PE schemes)