Pupils with autism, cerebral palsy, downs syndrome and other specific learning disorders exhibit significant social communication and language difficulties. Appropriate communication and social skills are necessary in order to express needs, desires and feelings.

Language and communication are the foundations for the development of relationships, participating in society and accessing the curriculum. It is therefore crucial to develop skills in these areas in order to improve pupils’ quality of life.

For this reason, Anthos House places greater emphasis upon receptive and expressive communication (speaking and listening) within English.

Learning English encompasses all the aspects of communication – non-verbal, verbal and written. Work in English promotes learning across the curriculum and underpins pupils’ achievements and participation in all aspects of their lives.

Individual assessments of each pupil and conversations with their family inform decisions about which communication system to use with any individual pupils.

For many, additional (augmentative) communication systems are used. These include PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System), the use of ‘Communication books’ which include words or pictures that a pupil can point to in order to comment on their environment or to make a request without (or alongside) speech.

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