Crosshouse communication centre
Crosshouse communication centre
The centre, located in Crosshouse Primary School, is a facility for P1-7 children with severe language and communication disorders including autism. It consists of two classrooms, a disabled toilet and office. There is an enclosed and secure playground.
Children are allocated a place through the education authority's assessment procedures.
The main aims of the centre are to:
provide a safe, stress-free environment which encourages independence
promote functional communication and social interaction
assess the strengths and needs of each pupil and formulate an Individual Educational Plan (IEP)
provide staff with opportunities to increase skills and knowledge
ensure pupil access to 5-14 curriculum where relevant, using a range of teaching approaches and resources
apply a multi-disciplinary approach to assessment, planning and delivery of the curriculum
establish and maintain partnership with parents
facilitate each child's inclusion within his/her local mainstream primary school
ensure all pupils are received as valued and respected members of Crosshouse Primary School and wider community
Once a child has gained a place at the centre through an admissions or Special Educational Needs community assessment team meeting, there follows a six-eight week period of multi-disciplinary assessment.
Assessment is an ongoing feature of this provision and frequent liaison and consultation with other professionals - particularly speech and language therapists (SLT) and educational psychologists - guarantees that each child's progress is regularly monitored.
We employ a range of teaching techniques and approaches and use a variety of resources to meet specific needs of individual pupils. Staff are flexible in their approach to teaching and adopt individual strategies as appropriate. We are always open to new ideas and approaches, if we feel they will benefit children.
When we feel a child is able to cope with social and curricular demands, a gradual process of supported integration to Crosshouse Primary School will begin. Through a system of planning, involving close liaison and consultation between the class teacher, centre teacher and SLT, we hope to create the best conditions for success.
If a child is able to cope with an increased timetable of integration at Crosshouse, it may be time to consider a transfer to the child's own local primary.
Parents as partners
The staff in the centre recognise the important part parents play in the education of their children. Parents are an important resource in terms of the unique knowledge and understanding they have of their child. We wish to promote a genuine partnership with parents, where we can work together to make each child's time at the centre as purposeful and stress-free as possible.
Every child's education and physical wellbeing is important and we hope that his/her time here will be rewarding. We value parents' input and support and have a commitment to forging a genuine partnership.
For further information, please contact the centre on 01563 521459 during school hours.
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