As a school we have identified key skills that we believe are central to enabling young people at
Bensham Manor to lead more independent lives. Several of these are addressed directly through the curriculum but others are developed through specific training sessions or through the integrated work of the speech and Language and occupational therapists. Communication – as well as being addressed through the English curriculum, communication skills are developed through the integrated work of the speech and language therapists. This is particularly the case with developing social communication skills. The school uses a range of augmentative communication strategies such as Makaton signing. A significant number of pupils are supported by the speech and language (SaLT) and occupational therapist (OT). The OT works closely with other departments in particular PE and Food Technology offering specialist assistance to help support pupils to lead independent, productive, and satisfying lives.