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Endeavour Academy

MacIntyre Academies

Communication

Endeavour Academy provides a highly structured adapted environment for our students. This is designed to prevent our young people becoming too stressed to learn by being overloaded with lots of information and faced with choices and change.

This environment is helpful to those with difficulties with communication, social interaction, the ability to think flexibly, and specific issues that arise from environments that may affect their sensory perception.

Every child and young person has enhanced opportunities to follow programmes that focus on their development of functional communication and social skills, all of which will be delivered discretely and embedded throughout the general curriculum.

Widgit

Widgit symbols provide our students with a clear, structured language, ideal for communication and learning.

Endeavour Academy chose to work with Widgit based on its national reputation and we continue to work with the organisation to promote the positive impact which a total communication environment can provide.

PECS

All staff members across the school and residential settings are trained to use PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) which we believe is integral to the development of young people’s language and communication skills. We also ensure that expertise from key professionals like speech and language therapists are used.

Picture Exchange Communications System (PECS) was developed in 1985 as an alternative communication intervention package for individuals with autism spectrum disorder and related developmental disabilities. At Endeavour Academy we use PECS for all of our young people. PECS helps to develop our students emerging and functional language skills.

Have a look at this link for more information about PECS.