About the Program
Specialist intervention and support
Our intervention program runs for a minimum of 18 months and is specifically designed to help students gain the necessary skills to re-engage with learning and transition back into mainstream schooling.
Our team of Psychologists, Teachers and Specialist Teaching Aides, provide an engaging and safe environment where students benefit from a unique and personalised learning experience.
Relationships are at the heart of great learning at The Cheshire School.
We work in close partnership with the student and their parents/carers to build self-esteem, resilience, and respect for themselves and others.
Armed with renewed confidence, skills and coping strategies, our students are empowered to make valuable contributions to the world around them.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Who is the program for?
Our team has extensive expertise in supporting students diagnosed with:
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Oppositional Defiant Disorder
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
- Attachment Disorder
- Depression and Anxiety
- Learning difficulties
Students with these diagnoses often present with associated behaviours, such as verbal and physical aggression, defiance, self-injury, and difficulties in forming friendships.
Some students may not have a diagnosis but may still present a range of challenging behaviours associated with the list above.
What strategies are used?
Our team adopts a range of strategies to assist students in self-regulating and re-engaging with their learning.
These strategies are based on our staff identifying and rewarding positive behaviour and classroom engagement, and disengaging from students who make poor behavioural choices.
Our key objectives are for students to:
- Increase positive participation
- Develop a sense of self-respect and desire to learn
- Accept responsibility for their behavioural choices
- Develop and build resilience
- Respect themselves and others, including property.
What does learning look like?
Small class sizes with a maximum of 11 students, supervised by at least one Teacher and two Specialist Teaching Aides.
Each student has an Individual Education Plan with clear learning goals, and these plans are reviewed regularly in collaboration with parents.
We use explicit teacher modelling, careful scaffolding, support and feedback at the point of need to develop confident and independent learners
Fortnightly excursions linked to Victorian Curriculum take our students beyond the core academic curriculum, encouraging students to build deeper links with their learning.
A range of additional activities that help students to self-regulate, such as mediation, warrior fitness and yoga.