Our Kestrel House School Family Liaison, Sharon Manikham, has been working on engaging with families and doing joined up work with the families and school. We have completed home visits with individual families and liaised with their local councils and social workers in order to get the families the support that they need.
- Thrive approach.
- Collaboration with the Well-Being Team to deliver PECs, Makaton and Thrive to all families.
- Fundraising events throughout the year.
- Referrals to CAMHS, Social Services and Housing Services.
- Families have been supported through home visits, phone calls and meetings in school.
- We have also explored options within the community in order to source resources for the children at school e.g. bikes, scooters and toys.
We have been working with our Speech and Language Therapist and we held a Kestrel Family Nest PECs event where families learnt how to use the communication system that the children use at Kestrel House School. We sent PECs visuals home for each family to enable communication with their child.
Family Liaison Officer
As a Family Liaison Officer, Sharon has an extensive knowledge in the field of Autism as well as the services and programmes that is available through Options Autism. She operates in close partnership with our current and prospective parents, Local Authorities, a network of Parent support groups as well as all Options Autism schools and residential settings.
Sharon’s knowledge and experience comes from years of teaching, both in special and mainstream settings from Nursery age through to Primary and Secondary age. She has done work in care provisions specialising in Autism, transition work as well as advising and setting up home based educational programmes.
As Family Liaison Officer, Sharon can offer you support and guidance on:
- Our Admissions Process
- Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunals
- Funding and Signposting of Support groups
"I would like to say Thank You so much for all the love and support my son gets from school. We are very pleased with the school staff, class teacher and all. Because of the loving care our son is receiving, we can see a difference in our son. He is making good progress. Thank you all."
"Thank you for teaching and looking after J. You’ve been a great help towards all J’s improvements. I appreciate the support you provided for J. Thank you."
"If there is one thing we do have to say it is that you guys are doing a fantastic and remarkable job in our daughter’s life. Seeing the progress she has made so far since coming to Kestrel House School is really amazing and we are more than confident that she will go places. This year she is far more willing to talk and do things for herself. She loves being at school and is very settled with staff and classmates."
Very positive meeting and was able to meet all professionals with the child and how the child is progressing at school.
Really pleased with the review meeting and happy with my sons' progress which is now consistent. A big "thank you" to Yvonne and the LSA's.
I am very happy about Kestrel house's members of staff, my child is happy to come to school.
I am happy to come for meetings here as well. Well done to all of you, please keep it up for the children and their families.
Very informative review meeting. Good home-school partnership.