Autism Provision (Rainbow Rooms)
In school we have 5 Autism and high need specific provisions, (Rainbow 1, 2, 3, 4, 5).
These classes are for students who have an EHCP and a primary need of Autism and are deemed to require a more structured approach to their teaching and daily routine.
These classrooms have been specifically designed so that TEACCH is used as the primary structure,with each student having their own individual workstation and timetable that they are taught to take responsibility for.
In the Rainbow Rooms, the classes follow the Heltwate Curriculum Journey that is appropriate to their needs. Cornerstones topics provide an over arching theme to afternoon topic sessions. We work on developing the students’ social, emotional and self-regulation skills by equipping them with strategies needed to engage with the teaching, and opportunities offered, to learn and develop to the best of their abilities. Staff provide opportunities within the curriculum for students to develop social understanding by taking the children to visit places in the community supported by social stories. We create opportunities to engage with members of the public in places such as libraries, shops and museums. The children learn how to conduct themselves in these public places, which also supports students developing their communication and basic functional self help skills.
Calm spaces are provided for the students to use, as and when required, to enable them to self regulate. Communication emphasis is an integral component in these classrooms; we work on the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECs), and we teach the children how they can use this as their communication method. We ensure that verbal language is kept to a minimum to avoid sensory and language processing issues, so language is supported with symbols, (Communication in Print), to fully meet with the needs of our Rainbow Rooms’ students.