Supporting Sam while he awaits a Specialist Provision

Sam has Moderate Learning Difficulties (including autism), he is in KS2 and is working at EYFS in some areas of the curriculum, and pre-key stage in others. His complex needs were unable to be met in mainstream and he is now awaiting a specialist provision while at home temporarily.

We placed our tutor, Nicola with extensive SEN teaching experience and worked closely with the referring school to support Sam to access learning in a safe way. With adult support, Sam was able to follow a visual, time bound ‘Now, Next, Then’ linked to motivational ‘choose time’. Nicola supported Sam’s receptive and expressive language with the use of photographs, symbols (PECs), short key phrases and makaton. 

Sam was beginning to identify his basic emotions in order to communicate his wants and needs safely. This was supported by the use of an adapted 5-point scale with photographs of practical strategies, together with the Team Around the Child, his sensory processing needs were also addressed within this regulation support strategy.

As Sam’s regulation strategies are positively impacting his social, emotional and mental health, he is now able to begin to access some active learning related to maths and English outcomes. Nicola continues to embed this using short, practical activities.

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