Transitional Education, Extra Needs Support
TEENS+ is an Edinburgh-based, full time, transitional education project for young adults, aged 17 to 24, with complex additional needs such as autism, communication difficulties, challenging behaviour and severe learning difficulties.
Established in 2006, TEENS+ breaks down the barriers that these young people face and provides a full-time course concentrating on education, communication, life skills, fitness and work skills.
As a result, the students can now participate in mainstream activities and take their part in a society that had, until now, excluded them.
TEENS+ philosophy is that everyone has the right to continue with their education, regardless of social barriers. Each student has an individual learning programme, tailored to their specific needs. This person-centered approach allows the students to develop and fulfil their potential allowing them to be better equipped to deal with their future as adults.
For these individuals there are substantial barriers to gaining further education in the post-school period, at a time when it is needed most. TEENS+ fills this gap in service by delivering a programme with an emphasis on education.
The project runs for 4.5 days a week, Monday to Thursday, 9am to 4.45pm and on a Friday 9am to 1pm.