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Students have rewarding work placement experience...

Farleigh College, Frome is a specialist residential school for young people aged 10 to 17 with Asperger Syndrome and associated disorders. While the students at Farleigh have many strengths and considerable potential, their progress may be impaired by the difficulties experienced by young people with Asperger Syndrome.

These involve difficulties in some, or all of the following areas: anxiety levels, social behaviour, appropriate use and understanding of language, obsessive behaviour and interests, sensory sensitivity and motor co-ordination.

Josh, Work Experience Co-ordinator at Farleigh College, hailed the week as the most rewarding, successful and fully attended work experience week he has ever organised.

He said: "We specialise in giving young people with Asperger's Syndrome the opportunity to meet their potential and develop the necessary academic, social and life skills needed to gain independence, and further their education. This ensures that they are able to fulfil their potential and rebuild the low self-esteem and self belief that many of them struggle with."

During the placements week some students opted for working outdoors at locations, including Larkrise Community Farm near Trowbridge. Others spent what turned out to be one of the hottest weeks of the year so far, toiling in busy kitchens.

One student said: "I really enjoyed my work experience week. I spent it in the café at Hope Nature Centre near Trowbridge serving customers. I never thought I'd be able to do something like this and feel great. The support I get from Farleigh College is amazing."

Another student, who did work experience at the Trowbridge branch of Pets at Home and spent the week caring for a wide range of animals, said: "I love animals so this was such a great opportunity for me. Farleigh College is so supportive of us which is great."

Some of the other places students spent their week working are the Frome Library in the centre of town and Global Coating based near Bristol, where a student had the unique job title Paintspraying Assistant. The feedback from the various employers was very positive and they were very impressed with the hard work and effort put in by the Farleigh College students.

Aspris Children's Services in Somerset provides specialist day and residential schools and further education colleges for both boys and girls aged 7 to 25 who have autistic spectrum disorders, including Asperger syndrome and complex needs: Farleigh College Mells, North Hill House School Frome and Farleigh FE College Frome.


For more details on Aspris Children's Services, please call 0118 970 8068 or click here to make an enquiry.