ImPACTS

ImPACTS – is an assessment, monitoring, target setting and implementation tool that allows the teaching and therapy team to collaboratively meet one of our core beliefs:

“We believe that in order to provide an effective learning environment it is necessary to have a detailed and shared understanding of a learner’s needs by all the professionals from education and therapy.”

As part of a whole school development project covering 5 years, each area of the curriculum was reviewed and ImPACTS was developed to be in line with the school philosophy of child centered planning. The ImPACTS programme offers a specialised curriculum in five Key Skill Areas: Communication, Cognitive Skills, Environmental Control Technology, Social and Emotional Well Being and Physical Skills (Gross and Fine Motor). The development of each Key Skill had included aspects of multi-disciplinary working and the school using the expertise of relevant professionals to enhance the content and accuracy of the assessments.

The detailed approach has allowed the school to collate meaningful data that highlights progress and alerts the whole multi disciplinary team to early signs of regression. The school is able to use the ImPACTS data to complete national returns using CASPA.