In September 2016, Queensmill opened Q6 – our Post 19 provision. Q6 has been designed for some of the students graduating from Queensmill School (QS) at the age of 19 who need a QS-like setting to continue into Post 19 education.
Q6 will continue to use all supports for learning that have worked for children in QS, such as a highly structured, low arousal environment in order to make sense of the world, the use of TEACCH and PECS as and when needed, and the consistent use of functional behavioural analysis by staff who are highly trained in autism to ensure that students can demonstrate appropriate behaviours and ways of communicating their wants and needs.
Our focus at Q6 is on the learning and consolidation of independence skills based on both the agreed individual Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) outcomes and the Preparing for Adulthood (PFA) outcomes which are Independent Living, Employment, Community Inclusion and Health. We have experienced teaching staff and first rate resources to help each student on their journey. We deliver an accredited OCR Life and Living Skills programme based on the PFA outcomes, ensuring that students have access to meaningful and enjoyable volunteering or work experience placements, and have significant experience enabling our students to access and enjoy what the local community has to offer.
Our aims remain the same as those aims for any of our pupils:
To accept our young people for who they are, help them to understand and manage their autism, and help them make their own decisions about the future and to thrive and flourish towards those next steps.
This short video gives an overview of our intern’s day to day at West Middlesex University Hospital. See how they learn, work, gain independence and confidence.