Well-being

Coleg Elidyr has a strong commitment to the well-being of all students and staff. Central to this is our commitment to a 24 hour curriculum,  a Total Communication environment and opportunities for broadening students’ experiences.  Positive and supportive staff student relationships ensure all students and staff are treated with dignity and individual uniqueness is respected and nurtured.

With significant support from the college’s Parents’ Association, we are building a dedicated Well-Being Centre for our students which we hope will be complete by the end of 2017.

Gymnasium and Sports

A college gymnasium provides students with the opportunity to exercise under the guidance of trained staff.

Total Communication

Many of our students and particularly those with Autistic Spectrum Disorders experience difficulties in communicating. We support our students in meeting the challenges that they may face through a Total Communication approach. This includes speaking using sounds, words, and/or sentences while also using signing. An individualised approach means you may also see staff and students using objects, symbols, pictures and/or photographs to communicate.

 

Coleg Elidyr has a dedicated Total Communication Co-ordinator who works to ensure students, parents and staff are supported with appropriate resources and guidance. All teaching staff and an increasing number of our students undertake a formal externally validated Signing course.

 

Multi-Disciplinary Therapeutic Support

Coleg Elidyr boasts a strong multi-disciplinary team thus ensuring that student well-being is at the heart of college life.

  • Speech and Language Therapy

Our on-site Speech and Language Therapist has an oversight of the communication environment within Coleg Elidyr. She works with staff in the implementation of approaches to facilitate improved communication across site.

The College’s Speech and Language Therapist provides assessment and therapeutic strategies and intervention for all students at Coleg Elidyr.  A universal focus upon communication development facilitates students’ progress including the ability to develop social relationships with peers and staff.

Working closely with the Total Communication Coordinator, she  ensures staff are coached to implement total communication techniques including signing, use of symbols, social stories and Intensive Interaction techniques as appropriate to each individual.

  • Occupational Therapy

Our Occupational Therapist is involved in all initial assessments of new students. She will ascertain if individuals would benefit from her on-going support. She also provides guidance to staff on ensuring that individuals’ sensory needs are met.

  • Clinical Psychology and Counselling

Our Clinical Psychologist and Counsellor work with individuals and staff across the College providing individual assessments and therapeutic interventions.

Healthy Living

The importance of a healthy diet and taking plenty  of exercise are promoted across care and education  environments.

Engagement in sporting clubs and events  are also encouraged.

 

 

  • People benefit from staff who are motivated and have learners at the heart of all they do; this was evident during our discussions with staff and our observations during the inspection

    CSSIW Report, Feb 2016

  • The college has an extremely well-planned and well-managed curriculum, which it reviews regularly and adapts, where appropriate, to enhance the learning experiences for learners and meet their individual needs. This is a significant strength of the college.

    ESTYN Full Report, August 2014

  • The staff take great care to treat the students as adults and allow them to make decisions (and take consequences) within their limitations. This has made a huge different to Martyn’s self-confidence and ability to decide for himself – he is much less passively accepting of things than he used to be.

    Parent Questionnaire, Summer 2015

  • ‘Staff consistently demonstrated an unconditional positive regard for students and this high regard was seen to be reciprocated. Students appeared confident, their achievements were celebrated and positive feedback was a constant’. 

    National Autistic Society 2016

  • ‘When our son started at Coleg Elidyr we felt we had reached our limits – we needed help to move him forward – well – we got it! he has achieved so much this year, far more than we could ever have imagined’. 

    Parent comment 2015

  • ‘People benefit from staff who are motivated and have learners at the heart of all they do; this was evident during our discussions with staff and our observations during the inspection’.

    CSSIW Report, Feb 2016

  • ‘The college has an extremely well-planned and well-managed curriculum, which it reviews regularly and adapts, where appropriate, to enhance the learning experiences for learners and meet their individual needs. This is a significant strength of the college’.

    ESTYN Full Report, August 2014

  • The staff take great care to treat the students as adults and allow them to make decisions (and take consequences) within their limitations. This has made a huge different to Martyn’s self-confidence and ability to decide for himself – he is much less passively accepting of things than he used to be’.

    Parent comment 2015

  • ‘Staff consistently demonstrated an unconditional positive regard for students and this high regard was seen to be reciprocated. Students appeared confident, their achievements were celebrated and positive feedback was a constant’. 

    National Autistic Society 2016

  • ‘When our son started at Coleg Elidyr we felt we had reached our limits – we needed help to move him forward – well – we got it! he has achieved so much this year, far more than we could ever have imagined’. 

    Parent comment 2015

  • ‘The college has an extremely well-planned and well-managed curriculum, which it reviews regularly and adapts, where appropriate, to enhance the learning experiences for learners and meet their individual needs, This is a significant strength of the college’.

    Estyn – last full inspection report 2014

  • Work standards are closely monitored as our organisation produces a range of luxury products. The quality of the work undertaken is to a very high standard…without doubt the contribution by students is of paramount importance to our organisation’.

    Myddfai Trading company 2016

  • Overall we found that Coleg Elidyr offered a truly unique service for people with a range of learning disabilities. People were offered numerous opportunities and we found that there was a clear ennoblement focus on developing skills and maximising potential’.

    CSSIW Report 2014

  • ‘He has progressed in every area more than we ever thought he could. He has the freedom within the college to out on his own to visit other houses. That’s  something he’s never been able to do before, so his confidence has grown’. 

    Parent comment 2015

Living

At Coleg Elidyr, we understand that being away from family and friends can be a daunting experience for anyone and we work hard to ensure we provide a homely and secure environment where all students feel safe and at home.

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Learning

Opportunities and support for learning and personal development at Coleg Elidyr span daily education sessions and residential living environments.

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Well-being

Coleg Elidyr has a strong commitment to the Well-being all students and staff. Central to student well-being is our commitment to a 24 hour curriculum and a Total communication environment.

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