The Northern School for Autism has a number of Literacy Programs running to cater for the diverse needs of our learners. They include:
Whole Word Approach
Why do we use it?
Early Literacy Skills Builder (ELSB)
Program that uses Direct Instruction to teach early literacy skills, this program uses a Frog Puppet called ‘Moe’ who is the main character in the reading materials and supports student engagement in activities.
The ELSB program has 2 distinct lesson types:
1. Building With Sounds and Symbols
2. Building with Stories:
Early Reading Skills Builder Program (ERSB)
Structured and Systematic Phonics and Sight Word Instruction using iPad App, Flashcards, Reading Books & Writing Books. NSA also includes hands on materials and activities to support generalisation of skills.
The Four Blocks of Literacy Framework
The Four Blocks of Literacy are:
At NSA all teaching teams implement structured teaching.
Structured Teaching is an intervention approach developed by TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and related Communication handicapped Children) from the University of North Carolina. It is a teaching framework with 40 years of research behind it and is based on teaching to the “Culture of Autism”. Research has shown that students/children with ASD have a different psycho-educational profile.
Structured teaching addresses:
Northern School for Autism (NSA) strives to be a centre of excellence. Students are supported towards developing their personal and educational potential so as to be valued contributors to family and community life. In line with the school’s pedagogical philosophy, the leadership team have developed Teaching and Learning Protocols to promote a consistent educational approach across NSA.
As a student at Northern School for Autism I have an expectation that you, my teacher, will:
School Wide Positive Behaviour Support (SWPBS) is a framework that offers a three-tiered intervention approach to supporting all students and their behaviour. SWPBS involves the establishment of a continuum of behaviour support that considers all students and emphasises prevention and intervention. It is a proactive approach that focuses on teaching all students the school expected behaviours. SWPBS predicts problems that students may have at school and uses a collaborative and consistent approach to prevent the problem. SWPBS assists us to build safe, caring and respectful schools. It focuses on identifying and rewarding positive behaviour as a means to discourage negative behaviour.