Haymerle School

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Leon Rossouw
Haymerle School


We are a small school which specializes in the teaching of children on the autistic spectrum. As part of our ethos we use amongst others the following methodology:


The TEACCH mission is:

To enable individuals with autism to function as meaningfully and as independently as possible in the community;


Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) is a form of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). It is typically used as an aid in communication for children with autism and other special needs.

PECS is designed to teach functional communication with an initial focus on spontaneity. It has been and continues to be implemented in a variety of settings (home, school, community) so students have the skills to communicate their wants and needs. PECS does not require complex or expensive materials since it uses picture symbols as the modality. Research has shown that many preschoolers using PECS also begin developing speech.

-Music Therapy

There are different approaches to the use of music in therapy. Depending on the needs of the pupils and the orientation of the therapist, different aspects of the work may be emphasized. Fundamental to all approaches, however, is the development of a relationship between the pupil and therapist. Music-making forms the basis for communication in this relationship.

As a general rule both the pupil and therapist take an active part in the sessions by playing, singing and listening. The therapist does not teach the pupil to sing or play an instrument. Rather, pupils are encouraged to use accessible percussion and other instruments and their own voices to explore the world of sound and to create a musical language of their own. By responding musically, the therapist is able to support and encourage this process.

The music played covers a wide range of styles in order to complement the individual needs of each pupil. Much of the music is improvised, thus enhancing the individual nature of each relationship. Through whatever form the therapy takes, the therapist aims to facilitate positive changes in behaviour and emotional well-being. He or she also aims to help the pupil to develop an increased sense of self-awareness, and thereby to enhance his or her quality of life. The process may take place in individual or group music therapy sessions.

At Haymerle School we want our children to be enthused and engaged in their learning at all times and our innovative curriculum is organized to provide a broad range of experiences matched to the interests and capabilities of each individual pupil.

Pupils are encouraged to develop as independently as possible, and therefore the teaching of independent skills are of a high priority.

Placement is done through the Southwark SEN department.

As our mission statement says, we work together to raise achievement, and we are proud of the achievements of all our pupils.

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