Students learn skills and knowledge in an autism-friendly environment, preparing them to lead meaningful lives.
A-Programme curriculum aims at providing learning experiences that allow our students with autism to lead meaningful lives. The smaller class size and lower teacher to student ratio cater to the needs of students on the spectrum. It makes provision for students’ sensory needs and facilitate greater communication and social interaction by increasing engagement. In addition, with a smaller class size, teachers are able to implement positive behaviour support plans to participate effectively in the community. Structured teaching is used to train independence, flexibility and self-organisation skills. Strategies include physical structure, schedule, work system and visual structure.
The curriculum focuses mainly on the development of life skills. The Junior A-Programme emphasizes on development of basic Literacy and Numeracy, Communication using Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) as well as Personal Management skills. The Senior-A Programme focuses on the development and application of functional skills needed for adulthood – travelling, making purchases, independence in daily living and simple work skills to enhance work readiness.
Junior students in the A-Programme who demonstrate readiness to learn in a bigger teacher-student ratio environment can be transferred to the Basic (B) Programme. 16-year-olds who have adequate work-readiness skills can progress to the Vocational Non-certification (VNC) Programme. Remaining students will continue to train in work-readiness, with the goal of transitioning to Sheltered Workshop upon graduation at 18 years old.