Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them.
It is a spectrum condition, which means that, while all people with autism share certain difficulties, their condition will affect them in different ways. Some people with autism are able to live relatively independent lives but others may have accompanying learning disabilities and need a lifetime of specialist support. People with autism may also experienceover- or under-sensitivity to sounds, touch, tastes, smells, light or colours.
Asperger syndrome is a form of autism. People with Asperger syndrome are often of average or above average intelligence. They have fewer problems with speech but may still have difficulties with understanding and processing language.
Milestone Academy has approximately 60% of students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. These students require individualised planning to meet their specific learning needs in relation to the four core areas:
social and emotional needs
language and communication
flexibility of thought
sensory processing needs
Students will achieve academically and socially when high expectations and suitable adaptations are in place. Students will be taught by trained staff and they have access to ASD specific learning environments, in addition meeting their sensory requirements. Provision will need to be reviewed and updated in response to the developmental changes of the student/ students.
Milestone Academy has a team of staff who support students, staff and families in relation to ASD. The aim of this team is to:
Support teachers to enable them to raise attainment and progress for students with ASD
Demonstrate and share good practice
Analyse the functions of behaviour and identify effective strategies to implement at home and school
Develop a holistic approach in meeting all the needs of the student, including their sensory needs
Support families and carers with educational, social and leisure needs
Work collaboratively with families and professionals from other disciplines in meeting individual pupils needs
Provide bespoke training for staff and parents within the Academy and within the Trust.
At Milestone Academy we aim to work in a collaborative approach to meet Individual Pupil Needs. We achieve this for our students with some of the following approaches:
AAC and referrals to KAT team where appropriate.
Meet our team:
If you would like further information please contact the school office.