Priory Autism Specialists Speak At National Event
Priory Oliver House School in Chorley has demonstrated its expertise in education for young people with autism after two of its key staff members were invited to speak at the national Autism Show.
Oliver House principal Wendy Sparling and registered manager Ase Farbrot presented to an audience of parents, carers, professionals and individuals on the autism spectrum on the subject of ‘Teaching approaches in ASD’. Citing positive case studies they focussed on two particular approaches and how these are used to deliver individual curriculum and Individual Education Plans (IEP) targets.
‘Intensive Interaction’ is an approach aimed at developing the social and communication abilities in people with severe learning difficulties. Using this teaching method the teacher will adjust their gaze, voice, body posture and facial expression to promote interaction from the pupil.
‘TEACCH’ (Treatment & education of autistic and related communication handicapped children) has intervention strategies based around physical and visual structure, schedules, work systems and task organisation. It is a visual system which benefits pupils with visual strengths.
Staff at Oliver House are engaged in their own research project. It focuses on exploring and understanding the impact specific teaching approaches have on a group of pupils with autistic spectrum disorder and severe learning difficulties. Their complex presentations create certain difficulties as a traditional method of teaching is unsuitable.
Taking a case study approach to evaluate individual progress they will assess research and consider the results within the context of the school.
Oliver House School is a specialist co-educational day and residential school for boys and girls aged 6 to 19 with moderate to severe autistic spectrum conditions and associated learning difficulties.
Many of the young people at Oliver House School have been out of education for considerable periods of time. The school aims to encourage students to attend on a daily basis with support from the dedicated staff team.
Building on the established reputation of Oliver House School a new respite service based in Preston, has been opened to provide respite care placements for up to eight children and young people with autistic spectrum disorders from age 7 to 19.
Wendy Sparling, principal at Priory Oliver House School said: “It was an honour to speak at the Autism Show to demonstrate the innovative care and education Priory Education Services prides itself on. The presentation received a positive response from the audience.
“We are always looking at ways to further enhance the quality of our provision and carrying out innovative research, aimed at producing successful outcomes for the students is part of this.”
Held at London’s Excel Centre, the Autism Show, the national event for autism, is dedicated to the two million people in the UK who live and work with autism on a daily basis. The event attracts over 3,000 people looking to find the latest information, advice, products and services to help them support individuals on the autism spectrum.