Coleg Elidyr has a strong commitment to the well-being of all students and staff. This is evident in our commitment to a 24-hour curriculum, a Total Communication environment and our on-site therapeutic team.
Our Total Communication environment supports students in being able to communicate in ways they may previously have been unable to do, so promoting increased interactions, self-advocacy, well-being and resilience. The College’s multi-disciplinary Therapeutic Team. i.e. Speech and Language Therapist, Clinical Psychologist, Total Communication Co-ordinator and Occupational Therapist work in both one to one capacities with individuals as well as with the broader staff team providing advice, guidance and support.
All learners are assigned a key worker and are also encouraged to speak with any staff member with whom they feel comfortable. A fully inclusive Personal Development and Citizenship curricula supports the promotion of learner well-being and all learners engage in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
Comprehensive Behaviour Support Plans, individualised Risk Assessments and Care Plans all document and provide individualised approaches for supporting student well-being. This highly differentiated and personalised approach is further manifested in weekly progress meetings between Tutors and weekly Management meetings when staff are able to identify and address any emergent well-being issues.
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 Autism experience difficulties in communicating. We support all our young people 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.
Effective Total Communication relies on enhanced communication between staff to ensure individuals communication preferences are identified and shared. Our dedicated Total Communication Co-ordinator works to ensure learners, trainees, community residents, parents and staff are supported with appropriate resources and guidance.
All college staff engaged in teaching and learning as well as an increasing number of our resident young people undertake formal externally validated signing courses. This ensures Total Communication remains at the heart of college life.
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.
The College’s Speech and Language Therapist provides assessment and therapeutic strategies and intervention for all young people at Coleg Elidyr. A universal focus upon communication development facilitates individuals’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.
Our Occupational Therapist is involved in all initial assessments all new learners and Trainees to determine if individuals would benefit from her on-going support. She also provides guidance to staff on ensuring that individuals’ sensory needs are met.
Our Clinical Psychologist works with individuals and staff across the College providing individual assessments and therapeutic interventions as required.
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.