Accessing the community is an important part of the Intensive Support Centre curriculum, offering a range of benefits to learners including the development of essential life skills, gaining sensory input and becoming active members of the community.
As part of the weekly timetable, learners access the community on a regular basis. Activities over recent years have included:
- Visiting local parks to gain sensory input, develop social skills in the wider environment and enjoy our community
- Going shopping, developing tolerance towards the wider world and stimuli whilst building and rehearsing independence skills e.g. purchasing items from a shopping list
- Visiting local cafes, providing the opportunity to develop and use social and life skills as learners communicate choices, interact with those around them and build tolerance towards less familiar environments
- Walking in the local community, with the key aim being to develop road safety and awareness skills at a level appropriate to each learner individually
- Adventurous activities such as snow tubing at Rossendale Ski Slope, focussing on meeting sensory needs, developing social skills and most of all, having fun!