Question and Answers relating to JigsawPlus
JigsawPlus is located on Dunsfold Park, near Cranleigh in Surrey. For details, please visit our Contact page.
Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) is a structured teaching programme built on a discipline devoted to the understanding and improvement of human behaviour. It is described in more detail within our Prospectus.
We hold regular open mornings for new potential parents. Details and dates are listed on the Open Mornings page under the Admissions menu.
Across the School and JigsawPlus we have a number of BCBAs (Board Certified Behaviour Analysts). All of our staff work through rigorous training programmes and we have around 30 certified behaviour analysts with the CABAS® Board working across the School and JigsawPlus. In addition we have regular visiting CABAS® Consultants including Senior Behaviour Analysts and Research Scientists plus a Therapy Team based at the School consisting of two Occupational Therapists and two Speech & Language Therapists. See our careers and staff page for more info.
We accept referrals from parents, carers, Local Authorities, Health and Social Services. You can download a sample admissions process flow chart to see a general overview from our Admissions pages here on this website.
JigsawPlus placements are funded through a range of streams: - EHCP: funding comes primarily from education but Social Care and/or Health may 'top up'. Transport will be provided by Education. - Care Plan: funding comes from Social Care either through a Social Care Package or via your Direct Payments. No transport will be provided but parents can use some of their Direct Payments to fund transport. - Continuing Health Care: funding comes from Health (NHS) via Health Care Plan. Can be 'topped up' by Social Care. No transport will be provided but parents can use some of their Direct Payments to fund transport.
As part of the Admissions process, your son/daughter will be invited to JigsawPlus for assessment visits and once the placement has been agreed, further transition visits will be arranged to help with familiarisation of their new setting.
JigsawPlus creates individually tailored learning plans for each service user by drawing on appropriate and relevant topics from a comprehensive core 'curriculum' which incorporates: Key Skills; Independent Living Skills; Personal Development; Improving Wellbeing; Vocational Skills and Creative & Performing Arts. During our initial assessment, we take on board the needs and wishes of your son/daughter and incorporate these, along with a range of community visits and access to our social enterprises, into their personal weekly schedule. More information can be found on our Lifelong Learning page (under About Us) on the main menu.
We work with each of our learners to build a portfolio of skills gained showing clear pathways of development. With appropriate levels of support and oversight, some of our learners will go on to take certifications in areas that interest them. For example; one of our learners is accessing online food hygiene certification whilst another is interested in creating computer games and accessing an online game training programme.
JigsawPlus takes a person-centred approach and emphasises the use of positive reinforcement and proactive behavioural support strategies. Analysis takes place to identify and understand the function of each behaviour in order to teach new 'replacement' behaviours that serve the same function for the individual.
All staff have Autism and ABA (applied behaviour analysis) training; working on the CABAS ranks that have been adapted for adult learners. All staff are trained in positive support, receive first aid training including epilepsy, the administration of medication and emergency medication. Some staff are also studying for the Masters in High Incidence Disabilities and ABA.
Jigsaw Trust's vision for the future includes the development of domiciliary care, supported living and respite services. JigsawPlus' Centre for Lifelong Learning serves as a hub for our Integrated Model for Lifelong Learning, Social Enterprises and Support Services designed to further our goals of providing facilities, resources and services for the education, integration and support of people into the local community, ultimately helping them gain more independence.