Relating & Interacting

Students at The Loddon School®  often have significant difficulties in building relationships with adults and peers, understanding appropriate means of interacting and controlling their own behaviour. Relating and Interacting forms the basis for acquiring new skills. Students benefit from learning to accept the close proximity of others, accept physical contact, tolerate being in a variety of group sizes and accept shared attention.

Students have opportunities to develop a sense of themselves and others through everyday activities. For example:

  • using mirrors to brush hair
  • signing in with their photo at assembly
  • circle time
  • saying hello to peers and staff
  • sitting in a large group at assembly
  • being part of a small group activity
  • accepting adult direction
  • sharing a member of staff
  • accepting a peers choice of DVD or music

Social skills are taught within the school and generalised into community trips. For example:

  • turn taking
  • waiting in a queue at café time
  • waiting for a turn at horse riding/ pony driving
  • sharing food and drink at sharing time
  • sharing the school dog’s lead during walks
  • sitting at a table with others at meal times

Students are encouraged to respect the school environment at the beginning and end of activities and during residential routines. For example:

  • collecting items for a group activity
  • tidying away at the end of an activity
  • litter collecting in the grounds
  • putting away laundry
  • helping to prepare for café
  • planting and looking after flower displays in the grounds
  • looking after the school animals
  • greeting visitors appropriately

Students’ progress in Relating and Interacting is measured through the Developing Skills curriculum, Special Schools Target Tracker, P scale assessment and Speech and Language Therapy report. Progress is reported in the 5 monthly review.

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