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Teaching takes the form of an individual timetable, often of 15-minute tasks, differentiated to suit the child’s needs. The tutor combines intensive interaction with verbal requests to work towards a specified target. Each goal is a tiny step towards...

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Rainbow School uses Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) and Verbal Behaviour (VB) to educate children and young people aged 4 to 19 years with autism and related communication disorders. The school is located across two sites in Wandsworth, South West London and was founded in 2000 by parents of children with autism. Rainbow School teaches children and young people with autism how to learn and empowers them with the life skills they need to live as independent a life as possible – from speech and language, self-care and motor skills, right through to reading, writing and maths. ...Read more

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Since 2013, Lesley Love, MA BEd BCABA. A childhood calling towards special needs led to her taking a degree in Education at Birmingham University, followed by 20 years at Treetops special school in Essex, where provision for one particular child led to an interest in Applied Behaviour Analysis. Became the first head to use ABA approach in the state system. Refers to Dr Vincent Carbone, ABA consultant, as her mentor. Committed to his method, she feels that ‘the teacher has to be an improving set of conditions for the child’. Lively, hands-on personality, who laughingly apologised for her outfit (jeans and T-shirt for a special Blue Clothes charity day – her deputy was dressed as a wizard!), but we couldn’t really imagine her in anything starchy, as she sang and signed her way through...

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Special Education Needs

Rainbow School teaches children and young people aged 4 to 19 years with autism and related communication disorders. We’re an independent, non-profit day school, registered with the Department of Education as an Approved Independent Special Needs School. Rainbow School has two sites (primary and secondary) in Wandsworth, South West London. However, we take pupils from all over the city. We use ‘intensive intervention’ to structure our programme, using the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) and B F Skinner’s Analysis of Verbal Behaviour (VB). Teaching with ABA/VB reduces challenging behaviour and helps pupils to build on their social, play and independence skills read more at

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
English as an additional language (EAL)
Epilepsy [archived]
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Not Applicable
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication Y
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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