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Oakwood School & Assessment Centre, Belfast

Pre School Service

Oakwood ASD Pre School Support

We also offer pre-school support service for children diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder or who are currently undergoing diagnostic assessment.

REFERRAL PROCESS

Referrals to the Pre-school Service are made through the Educational Psychology Service via A.S.D panel.

OUR AIMS

  • To address the individual needs of the child with A.S.D through assessment.
  • To help parents understand their child’s autism.
  • To empower parents to understand and use A.S.D related strategies.
  • To implement a programme addressing individual needs.
  • To work towards appropriate nursery placement.

OBJECTIVES

  • To assess needs of child.
  • To devise individual child centred programmes.
  • To provide parental support
  • To liaise with relevant community services.
  • To support the implementation of individualised programmes into mainstream nursery.
  • To provide transition support to mainstream or specialist schools.

Objective 1

ASSESSMENT AND PARENTAL SUPPORT MAY INCLUDE:

  • Parental interview/expectation.
  • Observation and/or interactive play.
  • Pep-r assessment
  • Sensory profile
  • Attachment and separation difficulties.

Objective 2

INDIVIDUAL CHILD CENTRED PROGRAMME TO INCLUDE:

  • Communication
  • Socialisation
  • Play
  • Self help
  • Sensory
  • Behaviour
  • Academic
  • Parental expectations
  • Teacher support

Objective 3

 TO LIASE WITH RELEVANT COMMUNITY SERVICES BY:

  • Attendance at relevant multi-disciplinary meetings.
  • Maintaining contact with relevant professionals.
  • Monitoring child progress through early years
  • School meetings (Forward Steps, SLT, Oakwood Early Years).

Objective 4

TO SUPPORT THE IMPLEMENTATION OF INDIVIDUALISED PROGRAMMES INTO THE MAINSTREAM NURSERY BY:

  • Meeting with school staff to discuss individual needs.
  • Offering staff training
  • Facilitating and supporting parents through transition from home to school.
  • Explaining recommendations.
  • Monitoring and evaluating child progress.

Objective 5

TO PROVIDE TRANSITION SUPPORT TO SPECIALIST NURSERIES BY

  • Liaising with the Educational Psychologist.
  • Providing a summative record to the teacher.
  • Preparing the materials for a transition booklet.

Programme Profile

On initial referral to A.S.D service, the teacher will contact parent/s and the Educational Psychology Service.  An initial home visit will be arranged to discuss service provision.

Following this visit, there will be a period of assessment, to identify the individual needs of the child and this will inform a child centred programme.

Programme Details

The intensity and delivery of the home programme may vary according to the agreed objectives for the child.

When an educational home programme is being undertaken, the delivery of it will be initially by an ASD teacher, but, once established may be facilitated by an Oakwood Early Years Classroom Assistant.  There will be frequent contact by the teacher to evaluate progress and to develop further  targets.

Nursery Placement

Facilitating placement in nursery will be addressed when appropriate. When the child has started Nursery, the Oakwood ASD Advisory Service is there to give ongoing advice and support throughout the year when requested by the Nursery.

Following placement in mainstream nursery, parent support and advice will be ongoing on the request of the parent.