Arbour Vale house is a purpose built building which is detached from the main school. The provision caters for a maximum 12 students from Monday evening until Friday Morning with a diagnosis of ASD and/or communication, interaction difficulties and related challenging behaviour.
The aim of residential care at Arbour Vale School is to provide a positive, caring environment that promotes the development of the whole child.
Emphasis is given to training in social and life skills, the development of recreational and leisure skills, group work and community involvement. Input is always dependent upon age, ability and individual needs.
Life skills programmes are tailored to meet their individual needs and are age appropriate. There is an emphasis on travel skills, money matters, communication, personal organisation and increasing independence. Extensive participation with their life skills programmes help the students to transition to life beyond Arbour Vale as independently as possible.
We participate in many different activities at the house. We try to involve all the students in some way in all the activities, depending on their ability and how we can adapt the activities sometime depends on how much success they have. Here are a list of the activities we have tried over the past year. After school activities vary from term to term but include cookery, swimming, archery, football, walking, shopping trips, canoeing, rebound therapy, sensory play/activities, go-karting and café trips.
The residential staff work closely with the school teachers to provide an extended education curriculum and consistency in approach throughout the child's school life.