SEND

In line with the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Code of Practice, the school identifies children with additional or special educational needs as early as possible and aims to provide opportunities for every child to achieve their full potential. Children identified as experiencing difficulties with their learning or behaviour may be placed on the School’s SEND Register. The aim of SEND provision is to facilitate the best possible progress for the individuals identified as it is for all other children.

Children supported solely by the school are supported through ‘SEND Monitoring’. If children are referred to an outside professional agency for a special assessment, they are supported at ‘SEND Support’. All children are supported when necessary either in small groups or as individuals. This support may be in the class or in another area of the school. All pupils are given full access to all areas of the National Curriculum at a level appropriate to their ability. The LA department supporting the school is called the Learning and Behaviour Support Services (LBSS) and is staffed with specialist teachers and Educational Psychologists. As the name implies, the school can request additional help for children with learning or behavioural difficulties.

The document, Local Offer at DB, which can be accessed below, sets out the core strategies that we use to support children.

Useful Abbreviations

  • SPLD Specific Learning Difficulty
  • MLD Moderate Learning Difficulty
  • SLD Severe Learning Difficulty
  • PMLD Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
  • BESD Behaviour, Emotional & Social Difficulties
  • SLCN Speech, Language and Communication Needs
  • HI Hearing Impairment
  • VI Visual Impairment
  • MSI Multi-Sensory Impairment
  • PD Physical Disability
  • ASD Autistic Spectrum Disorder

You can also find information and support from the Worcestershire SEND Information, Advice and Support Service. The provide impartial information, advice and support on matters relating to children and young people with special educational needs and/ or disabilities (SEND). Contact them on 01905 768153 or visit their website worcestershire.gov.uk/SEND

Asperger Syndrome

Amelie Edmondson

• I have Asperger syndrome

• Asperger syndrome is a type of Autism

• There are lots and lots of people with Autism. More than 1 in every 100 people.

• This means that my brain sometimes works a little differently to other people’s brains

What is Asperger Syndrome?

• It also means I sometimes see the world differently to other people

• Nobody is sure exactly why some kids have Autism and some kids don’t. Experts have tried to work it out, but they don’t know yet.

• Sometimes more than one person in a family has Autism

• Autism in not a disease or illness

• It is another way of seeing the world

• I have Asperger syndrome

• Asperger syndrome is a type of Autism

• There are lots and lots of people with Autism. More than 1 in every 100 people.

• This means that my brain sometimes works a little differently to other people’s brains

Some of these things are true for other people with Autism too –

What am I like?

• I do not like making mistakes – sometimes I over react when people tell me I have done something wrong

• I sometimes prefer doing things by myself than with other

- I can find it difficult to work with others if we have different ideas

- I like to play games that involve my imagination rather than rules and getting competitive

• I say what I sometimes I can be a bit too honest!

• Sometimes I don’t understand the rules in a situation, which means I can do or say the wrong thing at the wrong time

• I can find it difficult to know if people are joking

• I find it more difficult to pay attention if I am not interested or don’t understand why it is important… like Maths!

• But I can spend hours watching or reading about History or a favourite cartoon or TV show.

• Sometimes I notice things that other people don’t – because I can focus on small details rather than the whole situation

• I do not like going to busy places or people being too noisy around me

• I don’t like some loud noises – like hand dryers, hairdryers and hoovers!

• I don’t always like bright lights

• Lots of people with Autism have special interests –
having Autism helps them to focus on them

• Diary of a Wimpy Kid – I have read all the books lots of times and know lots of facts about the characters and author. I like to read the same sorts of books – diaries and journals written in the first person.

I also like history and finding out facts about my favourite TV shows
– although some people can find it irritating when I won’t leave them alone talking about it

My special interests

• I don’t always know when it is my turn to speak

• I ask the same questions over and over again

• Sometimes I use words that other kids might not know

• Sometimes I can talk too much, but other times I can be quiet and stay out of arguments

Communication

• I don’t always like looking at people when I am talking to them
- it can make me feel awkward and make it more difficult to concentrate


• But I am quite confident at speaking to people – even if I don’t know them

• If someone is being annoying
• If someone doesn’t believe me when I tell them something
• Being asked a question if I don’t know the answer
• If I lose a game or can’t go first
• Something happening that I wasn’t expecting

Some other things that make me anxious or frustrated:

Feeling Anxious

• People explaining to me why something has happened and what will happen next

• Listening to music

• Reading

• Doing something about it – like organising my things

Things that help me when I am anxious

• I have a good memory and know lots of facts

• I can focus on things I am interested – like spending hours on a project about what life was like 100 years ago

• I am creative and spend lots of time drawing cartoons about characters I have created

• I can see things in a different way – it would be boring if everyone was the same

Good things about Asperger syndrome

Lots of things about Asperger syndrome can make people good at lots of things…

Albert Einstein the Scientist

Isaac Newton the Inventor

Famous people with Asperger Syndrome

Bill Gates who owns Microsoft - he is one of the richest people in the world!

Chris Packham from Springwatch

• Finding out more about Asperger Syndrome has been really helpful for me

• So has meeting other people to hear about their experiences

• I think its really important that everyone understands more about Autism, so they know how to help people who have it

Understanding Autism

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