Choice of curriculum
In 2013 we began the process of developing a curriculum suitable for learners diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. There were a few factors that needed to be taken into consideration during the development process. The first being, the diagnostic criteria in accordance with the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders), how autism affects a child’s ability to learn, physical challenges the child may have (such a muscle tone and motor-planning problems), co-morbidities, what the growth and development potential would be for a child on the Spectrum and how technology can be used in the classroom.
The broad aim was to develop a curriculum that would suit the individual needs by taking the various barriers or challenges of each learner into consideration. The vision of Amazing K is that all learners should be able to learn at a pace they are able to cope with, whilst being exposed to different and higher skills levels and knowledge.
The Amazing K Curriculum is divided into these sections:
- Language, Literacy and Alternative Communication Techniques such as Sign language, PECS and AAC Communication
- Creativity, Art & Music
- General knowledge and Skills
- Perceptive Development
- Cognitive Development
- Physical Development & Integration
- Social and Emotional Development