This programme includes students development and understanding of their autism, their emotions and their impact on themselves and others. This enables them to live a more rewarding and independent life. The specialist programme includes peer support, social skills groups and individual counselling.
Recognising that many students have had difficult or negative experiences in the course of their education and life, therefore we have a strong focus within the curriculum on developing self-esteem and confidence.
The Emotional Literacy curriculum includes
- Positive thinking and increasing motivation
- Goal-setting and planning for the future
- Making relationships
- Taking personal responsibility
- Team building and supporting others
- Men’s/women’s issues
- Exploring aspects of sexuality and relationships
The development of behaviour self-management is an essential element in each student’s programme. Students work with staff to formulate their behaviour support plan, which enables them to become more independent. Interventions are always positive, sensitive and individualised. There is clear evidence of exceptional student achievement in this area. All staff are trained in non-aversive approaches to working with students with challenging behaviour.
The college has revised its curriculum in response to the analysis of the challenging needs of learners… particularly those with more complex conditions
The College teaches social communication skills within formal classroom-based sessions and includes speaking and listening themes like, ‘conversational skills’, ‘social rules’ and ‘relationships’.
These skills can be further extended and developed in a range of more informal settings such as social, leisure and community environments. We encourage the use of mobile technology as a communication aid and learning tool, recognising the importance of functional communication in order to help students self-manage their lives and/or behaviour.