Lincolnshire Wolds Federation (LWF) provides education for children and young people with a range of learning difficulties from Profound and complex, speech and language, communication, moderate, severe and many with social communication, Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Within the Federation there are many staff who specialise in these areas.
The Outreach Service at LWF offers support with those working with children who have sensory, physical and or communication difficulties. The aim of the Outreach team is to offer specialist inclusion across Louth, Horncastle and the surrounding area, offering advice and training to schools, supporting students, along with The Working Together Team.
The team is made up of:
- Specially trained teachers who have a wide experience of working with children who have additional needs including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
- Qualified learning support staff who are highly experienced in working with children who have additional needs, including those that have been diagnosed with ASD
Support within mainstream schools takes a variety of different formats. The Outreach team will provide:
- Advice and support to mainstream teachers and teaching assistants
- Advice on how the student with an additional need, social communication difficulty can access the curriculum effectively
- Individual or group staff training
- Liaison with Parents/Carers
- Support schools to develop, social skills sessions, peer awareness sessions and structure in the class environment
- Liaison with Speech and Language Therapists, CAMHS, educational psychologists and any other relevant professionals.
- Parent referral
- Use simple concise language
- Give clear short instructions
- Give time to process and respond to information
- Use visual clues
- Keep structure and routine
- Avoid disruption to routine
- Inform student of changes in advance where possible
- Put yourself in their shoes