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THE DREAMTREE SCHOOL CURRICULUM

Due to the fact that learners on the Autistic Spectrum vary with regard to their educational barriers and their priorities for support and intervention, an Individual Educational Developmental Programme (IEDP) is the foundation of curriculum delivery, recording and reporting at The DreamTree School. A trans-disciplinary approach to intervention and learning is followed.

We provide a broad and balanced curriculum that addresses autism-specific challenges, namely challenges in relating, communicating, thinking and sensory perception.

Our Curriculum strives to attain the following six critical outcomes for our learners.

  • To communicate effectively using whatever mode the learner is capable of.
  • To establish and maintain social relationships.
  • To be able to manage behaviour and emotions.
  • To develop understanding, thinking- and problem-solving abilities through the use of all available senses and experiences.
  • To manage activities of daily living as independently as possible.
  • To be able to take part in recreational activities and work in the community
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Our main curriculum emphasis will be on the following areas:

  • Social
  • Language and communication
  • Life orientation (including activities of daily living and vocational training)
  • Numeracy
  • Literacy
  • Sensory and perceptual development
  • Motor development

The DreamTree School offers a wide range of educational approaches and techniques and  aims to respond appropriately to the differing curricular needs of our learners.

We will incorporate inter alia:

  • Aspects of the National Curriculum
  • ASDAN curriculum for our senior phase pupils
  • A prescribed vocational curriculum
  • TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and Related Communications
    Handicapped Children)
  • ABA (Applied Behaviour Analysis)
  • DIR/Floortime Model
  • Makaton
  • PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System)
  • Music and Movement
  • Sensory Integration

The DreamTree School creates opportunities for one-on-one instruction as well as small group-, large group-and community-based instruction.

Constructive Social Activities also form part of our daily schedule. During these activities we aim to create opportunities for spontaneous engagement among the learners and staff/volunteers that will reinforce social interaction in a playful manner. Skills that are taught in the classroom are reinforced during these activities. We are also grateful to have access to Somerset College’s facilities such as the library, sports fields and swimming pool which enable us to develop a versatile daily schedule for our learners.

We are aware of current thinking and research in the field of Autism and, where appropriate, we shall implement new approaches and strategies for the benefit of our learners.

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Pets as therapy

PETS AS THERAPYPAT organises therapeutic visits by pet owners who volunteer to take their pets (mainly dogs) to visit people in hospitals, hospices, retirement homes, frail care facilities, special needs schools residential centres, and a variety of other venues. PAT visits bring company, support, comfort, pleasure, stress relief and stimulation to those living either permanently or temporarily in these and other establishments.


There is a fortune of scientific evidence showing that the interaction between people and pets is therapeutic – physically, emotionally, psychologically and socially.
We are really grateful to have this input in our school.

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Reading


TINA COWLEYOur Children benefit greatly from the input of the Tina Cowley Reading centre.


“We understand that a learning problem is a reading problem. 

Some of these issues are related to Phonological processing, letter recognition, deciphering the alphabet, speech and language problems.  These are some of the issues we address at our Reading Centres.”

 

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The DreamTree School Uniform

Summer Uniform:
White golf shirt with The DreamTree logo on chest
Navy-Blue short pants
White trainers and white socks
Navy-blue broad rim cricket hat
Navy- blue skirt (optional for girls)

Winter Uniform:
White golf shirt with The DreamTree logo on chest
Navy-Blue long sleeve track suit top with The DreamTree logo
Navy-Blue track suits pants
Navy-Blue Fleece top with The DreamTree logo
White trainers and white socks

Suppliers:       Sandra Smith
                        083 450 4584
                        Sans4designs@gmail.com

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The Dream Tree School for Children with Autism Somerset West

THE DREAMTREE SCHOOL CURRICULUM

The Dream Tree School for Children with Autism Somerset West

The Dream Tree School for Children with Autism Somerset West

The Dream Tree School for Children with Autism Somerset West

THE DREAMTREE SCHOOL CURRICULUM

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