Bluebirds


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Bluebirds
Mandy Humphreys

We start each day with a multi-sensory Good Morning session which includes using switches and ipads, photos and symbols, singing and signing to communicate and share news; it is a brilliant way to start the day. Intensive Interaction is integral to our day and is an amazing way to make communication a realisation for all.

Postural Management is crucial to our day; if we’re not comfortable, learning cannot take place! Life skills, such as eating and drinking, are a focus at break and lunchtime and washing hands and face and teeth cleaning are part of our lunchtime routine.

Multi-sensory sessions in class or in the Sensory Studio are often based on the whole school termly theme and are always hugely successful and much loved by pupils and staff. P.E. is physio based for some and skills based for others. We particularly like Country Dancing but also enjoy New Age Kurling, skittles, parachute games and of course hydrotherapy. Aromatherapy & Massage is a favourite activity as are our topic based L.A.R.C. Packs (communication through rhythm & touch). Some children are timetabled to join other classes for particular sessions which works extremely well. Discrete time is given to work on individual tasks/targets which are personalised to meet the needs of each child.

Eye-gaze technology, the Sound beam, switch operated toys & objects, BigMack, ipads and the plasma screen are all part of our day.

Art sessions with Becky, The Artist, are inspirational and the Multi-Sensory Art Project (an annual event) creates an environment within a geodome that is not only based on the term’s theme but also linked with Artists exhibiting at Roche Court, a sculpture Park near Salisbury. The MSAP is truly astounding and is a wholly multi-sensory learning environment, all the more special for being in a dome.

We are a really great team. Routines and systems of work are firmly in place but we are extremely flexible. Our pupils are amazing and never fail to astonish us with their reactions and responses every day. We are very enthusiastic and committed to providing a wide breadth of experiences within a multi-sensory environment.

We respect each other and look after each other. We are kind and caring. We put postural management and personal care first as no learning can take place unless there is comfort. Physiotherapy is a priority too and our dedicated staff are committed to following individual physio plans, devised by the Physiotherapist.

We are continually learning, making progress and creating many WOW moments.