Working with young adults
Key workers are assigned to each young adult. This encourages good communication and understanding with parents. We use aspects of TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and Related Communication Handicapped Children). This helps to reduce anxiety and frustration. We try to ensure continuity and familiarity. For instance, we follow the chosen methods of communication which young adults have brought with them. We use PECS and proxy talkers; symbols are used for choice boards; and visual aids are used widely within the group.
We also acknowledge that some of our young adults like quiet and sensory times. We visit sensory rooms weekly and have sensory sessions such as a Sensory Bucket session (a speech and language programme encouraging engagement), sensory art and sensory cooking. The timetable is full and varied, but is also personalised to suit each young adult.
Post19 has specific groups, named after colours, to better support young adults with widely differing abilities. For instance, Yellow Group is designed to support higher functioning adults, typically those with moderate learning difficulties. Whilst Orange Group is a smaller group for those with more complex requirements. Most of these adults require either 1-to- 1 or 1-to- 2 assistance.
Post19 believes in equal opportunities for all of our young adults – no matter how complex their needs. We bring everyone together on a regular basis for social activities and events. The flexible structure of our programmes ensures that everyone feels part of what we do. For instance, all our adults can participate in dance groups, cycling at Alice Holt, art and music groups.