Importance Of Structure
Structure makes the world a more predictable, accessible and a safer place for pupils.
Structure can aid personal autonomy and independence by reducing dependence (eg: prompting) on others.
It creates a better understanding for what can for some pupils feel a very unpredictable place.
The environment and processes are modified to ensure each individual knows what is going to
happen and what is expected of them. This can also aid flexibility by reducing dependence on rigid routines.
Structure plays to the strengths of a sense of order and preference for visual organisation commonly associated
with ASC. We also build in opportunities for planned change. This is in order to help pupils realise that change doesn’t
happen in our lives and to help them manage it in an appropriate way.
Many pupils avoid new or potentially aversive experiences. Structure and positive, sensitive supportive rehearsal reduces
anxiety and pupils learn to tolerate and accept experiences, developing new horizons and skills.
We predominantly use a strategy known as TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and related Communication
handicapped Children). This strategy is modified for each individual and promotes visual and physical structure to reduce stress and promote learning.
This makes the environment more easily understood by clearly defined zones for specific activities.
We use visual structure in the form of picture symbols on timetables (visual schedules) showing the sequence
of daily routines. This helps understanding, provides predictability and reduces the build up of anxiety.
It also encourages the development of independence and life skills.
Symbols help to reinforce the concept when something has finished and show what will happen next.
We offer a consistent environment with high expectations for both learning and behaviour. We have
individual behaviour plans in order to ensure consistency and liaise with other professionals when appropriate. Those who seek
and push boundaries are often those who need them as they try to make sense of the work around them.
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Inset days are highlighted in orange;
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