What We Do
TRACKS autism is an Early Years Centre catering for children from the age of 2 years with autism and related conditions. All our children show difficulties in communication, social interaction, play and related sensory issues. We support children up to the term they turn 6 years of age. We are open 47 weeks of the year, running respite sessions during all half terms, Easter and summer. Our respite service is open to past pupils where capacity allows.
Our children attend between 1 and 3 sessions per week of 3 hours.
We are an independent charity and receive no funding from the Local Education Authority. The fees per session, per child are £130, parents are asked to pay £40 towards this.
We have a high ratio of specialist staff who provide high quality teaching which promotes optimal individual achievement. Our specialist team includes a specialist teacher, occupational therapist, speech and language therapist, speech therapy assistant (specialising in AAC) and music therapist. We have a team of highly dedicated and valued volunteers, many who have been with us for many years.
TRACKS autism is a purpose designed setting providing a calm and distraction free environment. Our setting includes a sensory room, ball pool, access to a purpose built partly covered outside area. We have a main room with several rooms that are used for specific purposes, including 2 quiet rooms for one to one and group teaching. We have a dedicated messy play room with access to sensory play in every session. There are opportunities throughout our sessions for sensory breaks which include access to specialised equipment as recommended by the Occupational Therapist.
We are striving for a Total Communication environment led by our Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist. Photographs and symbols are embedded in our practice to support communication and are available for all activities. Sign-a-long (signing) supports all spoken communication. Our session follows a structured approach which is reflected in our visual timetable which is the focal point of each session. This is differentiated according to the needs of the children in each session. All staff have symbols and photos available in the form of now and next boards to support all transitions and objects of reference and environmental cues to support those who do not yet understand visual representations.
Our Occupational Therapist aims to complete a sensory profile based on information provided by parents. This forms the basis of a sensory diet and activities and equipment that needs to be available to specific children. The planning of the daily sensory circuits is informed by our Occupational Therapist. Our service supports the child, the family and the other educational settings.
Monday1.00pm to 4.00pm
Tuesday9:15am to 12:15pm and 1.00pm to 4.00pm
Wednesday9:15am to 12:15pm
Thursday9:15am to 12:15pm and 1.00pm to 4.00pm