Curriculum and Approaches
Aurora House is part of Wyvil Primary School, and we use their curriculum, with adapted approaches to delivery. The School use both the National Curriculum and Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. This ensures learners have access to a broad and balanced curriculum, similar to their mainstream peers. We adapt teaching strategies to best suit each child's learning needs, using strategies appropriate for learners wtih autism and speech and language impairments such as visual supports, and TEACCH.
Our children learn phonics using the Read, Write Inc program, and this is used across the Wyvern Federation. Phonics is a daily part of the curriculum for all learners.
What is TEACCH?TEACCH is a structured teaching approach, which aims to teach independent work skills, fosters communication, and most importantly works on the premise that each learner is an individual, with their own strengths, interests and needs. The TEACCH approach enhances motivation, as it uses positive and productive strategies by focusing on achieving enjoyment and hence success. For more information, see www.autismuk.com
What is the SCERTS Model?SCERTS stands for Social Communication, Emotional Regulation and Transactional Supports. SCERTS aims to improve teh quiality of life of pupils with autism and their families by focusing on the core challenges of Social Communication and Emotional Regulation. For more information on SCERTs please see http://www.scerts.com/
What is PECS?
PECS stands for Picture Exchange Communication System, and is one way of using symbols to support communication development. PECS is used widely in the school, to teach pupils to initiate communication, request items, and comment on the world around them. It can lead to spoken language, as adults model saying the word with the symbol. Please see http://www.pecs-unitedkingdom.com/ for more information.