We provide all children with access to the Foundation Curriculum, which is differentiated according to their needs and abilities. Teaching at Little Hillbrook (also known as the Resource Base) is supported by the use of PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) and TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and Communication Handicapped Children), including the use of individual work stations to support the development of independent task completion and where necessary by Makaton signing.
Our multi-disciplinary team all work together to develop personalised targets and strategies. These are implemented into the daily curriculum activities, which are jointly planned and delivered by all staff.
We are committed to offering a calm and consistent approach. Good behaviour is praised and we strongly believe in positive reinforcement in order to encourage our children to respect their peers and their school. We celebrate individual success, continually encouraging the class to celebrate one another’s achievements. This ensures all children are valued and respected by both their peers and the staff.
Children are encouraged to develop their independence and life skills as part of daily events during the school day. The children may visit the local community, parks and facilities. These visits are planned to support the curriculum, to reduce social isolation and to help the children become more aware of the world around them.
Our children have full access to the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (EYFS), which is differentiated according to the individual needs and abilities. Within the curriculum we place great emphasis on communication, social skills and attention skills. All activities in the Resource Base curriculum are designed to help children to reduce anxiety, to understand their environment and to develop and extend communication, interpersonal and social skills. This in turn should help to reduce their anxiety. We understand that many children face difficulties in coping with change. For this reason we have developed many strategies which are firmly in place to help them know and understand the daily routine and to provide the support they need to cope with change.
Our children have daily access to the outdoor environment, which ensures the development of their gross motor skills. We have soft play/sensory sessions where children have the opportunity to relax, take turns, interact with peers and develop their motor skills in the sensory room.
We provide music sessions in which children are encouraged to play instruments, sing and respond to music from a range of styles and ethnic backgrounds.
Speech and Language Support
We are extremely fortunate to have a highly skilled Speech and Language Therapist who is a part time member of the team. She works closely with staff in the planning and delivery of the communication curriculum. She also provides specific support to the children in:
- Attention and listening skills.
- Expressive communication including speech, PECS, signing and other symbol supported communication devices.
- Receptive communication, improving the understanding of verbal and visual information.
- Social understanding and interaction, which teaches key principles such as non-verbal communication (e.g. gesture, eye contact, body language) and social rules (e.g. turn taking, touching and group rules).