Options Barton students celebrate School’s Autism Awareness Week by helping to welcome new life this spring.
Students from Options Barton, in Barton upon Humber, have been busy learning new skills whilst visiting Bishop Burton College, in East Yorkshire.
This springtime, the students have been involved in welcoming some of the first lambs of the season and have been petting them and helping with feeding. Bishop Burton College has over 700 ewes, all of which have been expected to lamb within a three-week window.
Options provide specialist services for children, young people and adults with autistic spectrum conditions (ASC), learning disabilities and complex needs and behavioural, emotional and social difficulties (BESD).
Options Barton provides a holistic service to children with autistic spectrum conditions and associated complex needs. Options bespoke, person centred service can cater for stays between one night and 52 weeks per year, and can offer day or residential education placements via the main school or a specialist unit.
Twelve students, aged between 14-19, have been taking part in the weekly visits to Bishop Burton College since the beginning of September 2015.
The visits have been fun and informative for students, introducing them to a variety of animals and teaching them about how to care for the animals. Students have been planting, sowing seeds, cleaning out large animal enclosures, feeding small animals and handling animals such as birds and reptiles.
As well as gaining new experiences, six students are working towards gaining an AQA qualification for small animal care, which they hope to complete by July.
Speaking of the link with Bishop Burton College, Drew Anderson said: “Bishop Burton College have been great, they are extremely welcoming and accommodating of our students. The students absolutely love visiting the college, and really look forward to their visit every week.
“It has been a great learning opportunity for our students, to get them out of the classroom and into a new, busy environment has helped them to gain confidence.”