The Edmund Rice Autism Centre at the CBS has been going from strength to strength since its opening a couple of years ago. It is a fantastic facility which offers students who are on the Autism Spectrum the very best opportunity to reach their potential both in school, and within the community. It consists of a sensory room, occupational therapy room, life skills room, horticulture room, quiet room, kitchen and classrooms which have all been specifically designed to meet the needs of all of its pupils.
The students of the Edmund Rice Autism Centre access a curriculum that is individually matched to their needs and capacities through carefully planned individual learning activities and through the use of differentiation strategies in group activities. Subject areas include: English, maths, social, environmental and scientific education (SESE,) social, personal and health education (SPHE,) horticulture, domestic science, music, drama and physical education.
Active Teaching and Learning strategies are used which include direct instruction, interactive learning, experimental learning, creative learning, differentiation, co-operative and interactive learning incorporated into scheme of work.
The curriculum is also enhanced through a programme of trips to local places, designed to help further prepare the students for successful living in our community (playground visits, coffee shop, shopping tasks, library, post office, park walk, cinema trips, fire station, Gardastation etc.). This staff of the Edmund Rice Autism Centre work very hard to ensure that student have a successful and happy school life and that the centre provides a gateway through which students can achieve their very best. For information on enrollment, please contact the school.