The team at Olsen House School has appeared in a short film about boxer Callum Smith.
Callum recently opened the school's Bluebird specialist autism spectrum condition (ASC) service and returned several weeks later with some very special guests.
An integral part of the Liverpool-based school, Bluebird was officially opened last year by Callum and Steven Smith, two members of the well-known boxing family who are from the city. Four brothers in the Smith family box professionally and they use their bouts to raise awareness of ASC as their sister Holly has the condition. They wear the word “Autism” on their shorts while in the ring.
Callum returned to the school to film part of a documentary with World Boxing Super Series and TV3, a Danish broadcaster. He chatted to teachers and staff at the school about Bluebird and autism. Callum won the semi-final of the WBSS recently and has earned a place in the final against George Groves.
Head teacher Alison Ford said: “It was an honour to have Callum and Steven open Bluebird earlier this year and it was a pleasure to welcome Callum back to the school for this project. The finished film is great. We were pleased to welcome the film crew in to visit Bluebird and Olsen House and it's great to see the finished product."
Decorated throughout with calm, low arousal colours, the provision offers the latest sensory-friendly changeable lighting 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 can work with the school’s speech and language therapist with a focus on social communication, including listening and understanding and expressive communication.
You can view the film here -