We are a small specialist provision within Archers Brook for pupils with autism and communication needs. We support The Link’s pupils in their gradual and personalised transition to the main school. Practical subjects are taken in school to increase our pupils’ familiarity and resilience and to prepare them for moving around school.
In The Link’s intimate setting, pupils are able to mix in a safe and carefully supervised environment. We us Social Stories, pastoral-social development, sensory sessions and play to encourage our young people’s social skills and to build confidence.Pupils are supported through visual aids, prompts or scribing by staff; our key tools are visual reminders, timetables and expectations about boundaries and kindness. In The Link, we liaise closely with families, always with respect, trust and openness.
Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) is a lifelong condition, which affects how a person communicates, interacts socially, and can present difficulties or differences for the person in their thinking, imagination and sensitivity of their senses. As a spectrum condition, individuals with autism will share similar difficulties, however the way in which autism will impact on the individual is unique.
Sensory difficulties are becoming increasingly prominent in pupils with ASC and communication needs. Some children with autism can be more sensitive than usual to environmental stimuli such as noise, light, clothing or temperature. Others with ASC and communication needs can have lowered sensitivity levels.
What is Autism?
Information for Parents:
|National Autistic Society|
|Parents Guide - PANTS (Underwear Rule) - Keeping Your Child Safe|
More information about autism can be found by following the links below:
|NAS - Cheshire West and Chester Branch||Autistica - Autism Research|