Introduction and Ethos of Department
Ulidia Integrated College is committed to providing an appropriate and high quality education to all our students. We believe that all children, including those identified as having “special educational needs” have a common entitlement to a broad and balanced academic and social curriculum, which is accessible to them, and to be fully included in all aspects of school life.
We believe that all children should be equally valued in the College. We will strive to eliminate prejudice and discrimination, and to develop an environment where all children can flourish and feel safe. Ulidia Integrated College is committed to inclusion. We aim to engender a sense of community and belonging, and to offer new opportunities to all learners. This does not mean that we will treat all learners in the same way, but that we will respond to learners in ways which take account of their varied life experiences and needs. We believe that educational inclusion is about equal opportunities for all.
The Staff & Positions
Mrs J Doig
Senior Learning Support Assistant
Ms N Montgomery
Learning Support Assistant
Learning support is provided in a number of ways: differentiation within the classroom; small group support and one-to-one support. Small group literacy and numeracy support is offered at KS3. Play therapy is also available on site.
Our Friendship Club, a club primarily for ASD students, is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday break and lunch time. Students are encouraged to develop their social skills through games and activities. It also acts as an ‘escape’ from the noise of the canteen and play areas at lunchtime. Students can eat their lunch at the club, if they wish.
Useful Websites and Links
Is your son with ASD thinking of applying for University? Then please have a look at our Participant Information Leaflet by clicking here
www.autismni.org Offers advice and support on autism spectrum disorder to families
British Dyslexia Association – a useful website with information about dyslexia, assessment and identification, exam concessions etc.
www.cafamily.org.uk Contact a Family provides support, advice and information for families with disabled children, no matter what their condition or disability
Dyspraxia Foundation – offers information and supports individuals and families affected by developmental dyspraxia through books, suggestions, a teen newsletter, and an adult support group.
Empowering Families – offer a live telephone and web chat service for parents and carers of young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) who have a realistic chance of making the transition from full-time learning to employment and/or training.
http://familylives.org.uk– A national charity offering information support and advice about parenting, including challenging behaviour, emotional wellbeing, teenager etc
Healthtalkonline – Gives information about a range of issues including issues facing parents of children and young people with autism
Jungle memory – Online memory training for youngsters aged 6-16. Requires a subscription.
www.mentalhealth.org.uk – Mental Health Foundation has on-line information about anxiety, depression, ADHD etc. Includes an easy read booklet on anxiety.
www.nas.org.uk/signpost – NAS –The National Autistic Society give useful advice to parents of autistic children, including an online directory which will pull together information according to your child’s age diagnosis and where they live.
www.ndcs.org.uk – National Deaf Children’s Society – have an informative website including information about a new software reader for spoken text on the web.
www.parentingni.org – Parenting NI provides support and guidance to parents on parenting issues. Services include a helpline and parenting programmes.
www.rnib.org.uk – RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People) is the leading charity offering practical support, advice and information to anyone with a sight problem.
www.senac.co.uk – SENAC – provides advice, information and advocacy for children and young people.
www.simplestepsautism.com – An innovative multi-media tool which teaches the basics of the scientific principle of applied behaviour analysis (ABA) to help parents of children with autism.
www.talkingpoint.org.uk – Speech and Language Services – Talking Point provides a guide to speech and language services and useful links to other associated websites.
www.youngminds.org.uk – Young Minds – a national charity committed to improving the mental health of all children, advice about depression, eating disorders, and other mental health issues affecting children.