On Thursday 2nd February 2017, the new ASC provision, at Olsen House School, in Crosby, Liverpool, was opened by well-known boxing family members Steven and Callum Smith who are from the city.
The school’s “Bluebird” unit, named by a current pupil, is a specialist ASC-friendly provision. While set within Olsen House School, the unit has its own separate entrance and outside space for pupils.
Decorated throughout with calm, low arousal colours, the provision offers the latest sensory-friendly changeable lighting in order to create an autism-friendly learning environment. Areas within the unit have been developed to support the different learning styles and sensory needs of the individual pupils.
Bluebird also offers smaller class sizes with high staff ratios, in which students can thrive following their own individualised learning pathway, supported by the specialist staff. The learning spaces have been designed to enable pupils to work in an environment that is comfortable for them and takes into consideration their sensory needs.
All pupils will have the opportunity to work with the school’s speech and language therapist with a focus on social communication, including listening and understanding and expressive communication. There will also be programmes to develop skills to engage and work others and develop positive relationships.
Head teacher Alison Ford said: “Specialist staff will be working in Bluebird. This is a new exciting addition at the school and has been developed to meet the needs of pupils who may have a primary diagnosis of ASC alongside other diagnosis including ADHD, dyslexia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia and sensory processing disorders.
“We are delighted the Smith brothers will be joining us to officially open the new unit today.”
The four brothers of the Smith family - Paul, Stephen, Liam and Callum - made history when they became the first family to crown four siblings as British champions.
Their sister Holly, 15, has autism and the Smith family actively promote and support autism awareness as much as they can. The brothers all fight with the word “Autism” featured prominently on the back of their shorts. They do it to honour Holly and to raise awareness of the condition.
Olsen House School is a specialist school, in Crosby, Liverpool. It can support young people aged between seven and 16 who have various educational and social needs.
WBC Silver champions Callum and Stephen Smith with Olsen House Year six pupil Brandon