SENDCO - Miss Caroline Budd
Coleshill Heath complies with the Code of Practice (2014), in which the Department for Education outlines the responsibilities of the Local Education Authority and the school for children with special educational needs. Each child’s progress is monitored carefully and programmes of work or behavioural support are prepared to meet the needs of individual children. Parents are involved in regular discussions regarding the support and together a positive attitude is fostered within the classroom.
ASD Lead - Mrs Johnson
The Autism Team from the Specialist Inclusion Support Service (SISS) provides specialist support to children who are on the autistic spectrum. They work alongside staff providing bespoke interventions to help children with autism (ASD) and Asperger’s Syndrome so that they can manage in a mainstream setting. They will also meet with parents to discuss strategies that might help children in the home setting. SISS also provides a range of support for parents and families through courses and events that Mrs Johnson can signpost to.
Our current SISS workers are Siobhan Farrelly and Kathryn Brown. They regularly visit school to support children who have a diagnosis of autism or children we feel are on the autistic spectrum. We are able to access their support once they have a diagnosis from the Specialist Assessment Centre.
Mrs Johnson is our school ASD Lead Practitioner. She can help support children, families and school staff manage children who have autism. As part of her role Mrs Johnson produces individual/customised resources and aids including social stories and comic strip conversations which support children develop a deeper understanding of feelings and emotions. In addition, Mrs Johnson also runs small emotional and social groups tailored to the individual or group needs of children. She also attends regular network meetings arranged by SISS and other Lead Professionals; this ensures we are always up to date with current thinking. Anybody wishing to speak to Mrs Johnson about any aspect of autism is welcome to get in touch via the school office.
Some useful websites for further information:
Resources for autism - https://resourcesforautism.org.uk/
The National Autistic Society - http://www.autism.org.uk/?gclid=CKPW4ODX6tECFYW87QodSGAEfQ
Autism West Midlands - http://www.autismwestmidlands.org.uk/