A Brief History of the Communication Support Base
Duncanrig Secondary Communication Support Base was established in 2006 to support pupils with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) to access the academic and social life of a mainstream secondary. The CSB supports pupils from all over South Lanarkshire.
Although pupils in the CSB experience challenges related to their autism, they are capable of accessing a number of mainstream subjects. The CSB provides a supportive, structured learning environment which allows access to a broad and progressive curriculum. The emphasis at all times remains addressing the particular educational and social implications of each child’s autism.
For pupils to:
· Experience all aspects of school life
· Reach their academic potential
· Be confident undertaking new challenges
· Make informed decisions about their future
· Be proud of who they are
All pupils in the CSB have a place reserved in their mainstream classes so they can access as many subjects as they are able to. The amount of access achieved depends on the individual child. As well as mainstream access,there is a strong emphasis on developing living skills and building confidence required for a fulfilling and productive life.
Referral to the Communication Support Base
Although the CSB is an integral part of Duncanrig Secondary School, pupils have to have a special referral to attend the base. This is made through the child’s current Educational Psychologist. Even if your child lives in the Duncanrig Secondary catchment area, or attends one of its partner primaries, a referral is still required.
After the referral is submitted a panel meets to discuss the Additional Support Needs of each child before a placement will be offered.