PEAT have been awarded funding from the Big Lottery Fund as part of a province wide project aimed at empowering children and young people who are at risk of educational exclusion.
PEAT can provide one to one intervention for children and young people aged 8-20 who are currently facing some sort of detachment from their education or exclusion from school.
PEAT's Educational Inclusion Project Officer will, through both intervention at home and school, support your child/young person to address the issue(s) preventing them from going to school and/or from being removed from school. The project can provide a 3 hour home visit per month for each young person. PEAT are aware that some individuals may require more intensive support and will gauge on a case by case basis.
Behaviour issues that may prevent educational inclusion include sensory phobias, social anxiety, bullying, agoraphobia, depression, social avoidance and challenging behaviour.
Referrals for this project are accepted from both parents and professionals directly to PEAT.
As part of our Big Lottery funded Educational Inclusion project PEAT is able to facilitate Social Skills programmes to be delivered across the province of Northern Ireland.
Social Skills require specialised intervention by trained professionals who know what to target, when to target and how to reinforce appropriate beahviours. PEAT uses the application of the principles and procedures of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) to increase social skills to teach individuals with autism to interact successfully and improve their chances of a happy and successful life.
Through 2014-16 PEAT will facilitate 6-8 week programmes falling within the age range 8-20 for schools, community groups, charities and other organisations.
PEAT welcomes neuro-typical siblings of the same age category to get involved in the social skills programmes.
Social Skills groups will be facilitated by a qualified professional to ensure all young people taking part achieve their maximum potential.
If you are interested in a PEAT professional facilitating a programme for your school, group or organisation, contact us for more information.
PEAT and the Centre for Behaviour Analysis at Queens University Belfast are hosting five workshops throughout the academic year as part of our Educational Inclusion Project.
In collaboration with the Centre for Behaviour Analysis at Queens University PEAT will facilitate these training events until 2016.
These workshops aim to provide those working directly within the education system with some practical strategies to help reduce the risk of educational exclusion for an individual with an ASD.
The workshops encompass the use of PowerPoint presentations, multi-media video and group activities.
For details on upcoming training events visit our training and events page.
Recognising that individuals use their smart phones for daily tasks, PEAT, in collaboration with the Smart Environments Research Group (SERG) at the University of Ulster, are designing two apps to help individuals with ASD.
The two apps within this component of our Big Lottery Project include a behaviour monitoring tool and a virtual buddy app.
SERG will design both apps that will be available to download on to a compatible smart phone.
Behaviour Monitoring Tool: This app will make it easier for professionals and parents to directly record occurrences of behaviour that may be preventing inclusivity either at home or in school. The clean, drop-down menus can make recording data easy to do while providing vital information for the behaviour analyst. Data is uploaded to a server which can then be analysed.
Virtual Buddy App: This app is designed for the teenage market to help increase independent life skills, other skills such as academics and will help problem solve with a built-in 'help' feature. This app provides a gamification aspect with users having to complete all task sections in order to 'unlock' the prize or the next level.
Both apps will be available to download by the end of the current project.