With National Autism Awareness week coming up between14 -18 March, the ARC, a specialist support centre in Liskeard School and Community College, has recently had new facilities added to improve the support it gives to students.

The ARC, led by Jon Chinn and a small team of Specialist Support Practitioners, is a very individual and unique environment. ARC Students have had significant difficulties accessing school previously because of issues related to their autism. It is a Cornwall County funded facility that integrates students with an autism spectrum or related condition into school, enabling them to achieve their academic potential.

Students spend a high proportion of time attending lessons with their peers in school. This is achieved in a variety of ways to develop “self-management” and a better understand of their autism. These include cognitive behavioural therapy and solution focused therapy models, video interactive guidance techniques, drama and music.

Autism is a neurological condition that affects how people process, store and then retrieve sensory information. This makes it difficult to use previous experience when making decisions and can lead to sensory sensitivities, barriers with language and social situations, and can lead to high levels of stress and anxiety. Autism is a “spectrum” condition in that every student’s needs are different.

The new facility has given more space to teach students to calibrate their concentration levels and understand how they can prepare themselves to manage a busy school environment.

The recent addition to the ARC is a range of sensory integration based equipment. These include a C – stand swing and the universally loved “Walrus” inflatable for use in vestibular and proprioceptive based programs.

The specialist staff in the ARC comprise: ARC Lead Jon Chinn, Deputy Dionne Rodber, and the Specialist Support Practitioners Marianne Berry, Simon Hordley, Kate Read, Jane Saunders, Josh Cottom, Dave Wood and Oliver Jenkin.






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