Woodlands School has a dedicated class for pupils who benefit from a highly structured approach on both the lower and upper school sites. The classes have a high staff to pupil ratio and follow a structured teaching programme based on strategies developed and refined by the Treatment and Education of Autistic and related Communication handicapped Children (TEACCH) programme.
Structured teaching develops teaching strategies and changes the environment to make the world more meaningful for children with special needs. These structures can be utilised at all developmental levels and do not limit the curriculum. The calm, predictable and familiar environment reduces the potential for anxiety.
Pupils benefit from:
1. Physical structures
The physical layout of a classroom is an important consideration when planning learning experiences as many pupils have organisational problems, not knowing where to be and how to get there by the most direct route. Because of receptive language difficulties, they often do not understand directions or rules. The well-sructured room provides the visual cues they need to understand their environment.