How do I get placed at Orbis?
You are welcome to contact Orbis Education and Care for further information. You should then contact your Local Education Authority if you wish to consider a placement at one of our schools for your child.
Can I visit Orbis on a no obligation basis?
Yes. please contact our Admissions Co-ordinator directly, who will discuss the reason for your visit with you and arrange a suitable date for you to visit the school/home, where you will be able to meet staff and young people.
Do you charge for assessments?
No, our assessments are free.
How are placements funded?
Funding for placements can be sourced from the Local Authority, Health Authority and Social Services. It can also be a combination of all three.
My child has extremely challenging behaviour. What provisions would there be for her/him?
By developing our awareness of any particular child’s habits, likes, dislikes, etc. we seek to avoid, as far as possible, situations which can cause distress and lead to incidents. Our staff are trained to deal with and understand challenging behaviour.
What are the visiting arrangements for parents and families? Will my child be allowed to come home?
We welcome and understand that maintaining contact with families is paramount. We don’t discourage family from ‘dropping in’, however to avoid the distress that changes in routine can cause to people on the autistic spectrum, we find that a little notice, so that we can plan with the young person, is often helpful.
How do you decide what activities and schooling methods are best for each child?
All of our pupils have timetables designed to meet their individual educational needs and to encourage the development of life skills and independence. Parents/carers are encouraged to become involved with us in the planning and review of the programmes for their children.
My son is very protective about his possessions – would he be able to bring them with him?
We encourage each young person in our residential home to personalise their living space with the aim of creating a home from home environment.
How much feedback on progress would I get?
We actively encourage regular contact. There will be regular review meetings where progress and planning can be discussed. We will also provide updates on a daily or weekly basis for families about their children’s well–being and the activities that they have been involved in.
My child has a health condition. What are your medical facilities?
All of our staff are trained to provide a high level of care. Where there are specific medical needs, these will be discussed and planned for prior to a child joining us as there is no on-site nursing provision. All young people can be registered with the local GP for appointments.
How do you ensure a healthy living programme for children and young people?
Although we recognise that many of our children and young people will have very definite views and habits in relation to their eating routines, we will seek to ensure that a balanced and healthy diet is provided for everyone. This will be discussed with families prior to a child starting with us.
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