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.
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.
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.