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The PEAK Curriculum

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What is PEAK?
PEAK stands for Promoting the Emergence of Advanced Knowledge and involves teaching skills in a way that helps learners generalise and learn skills that they haven't been taught as a result more easily. It is a curriculum that enables individuals to gain skills for free (without teaching) because of the way in which the teaching is mixed and combined, enabling learners to start using their own taught skills and strategies in order to learn new skills. It's is really the true definition of teaching 'learn to learn' skills and it helps with promoting independence.

Who is PEAK suitable for?
PEAK is suitable for children aged 2 years up to 17 years of age.

How does PEAK assess skills?
PEAK assessments are divided into full assessments and pre-assessments that will thoroughly cover different skill areas. Full assessments are indirect assessments we complete by looking at a full list of skills and selecting skills we have seen our learners perform. It also contains quick pre-assessments that we can use to back our findings and more consistently pinpoint strengths and areas where our learners need support. Pre-assessments are direct assessments where we test skills with the learner on a one to one basis and observe them in the moment during sessions.

PEAK offers a range of programmes that cater for language acquisition needs and cover aspects of language that include:

  • Foundational learning skills (e.g. requests for what one wants, imitation, listening to instructions)
  • Perceptual learning skills (e.g. identifying and matching objects)
  • Verbal comprehension skills (e.g. answering questions)
  • Verbal reasoning (e.g. when told a situation, how the student would respond), Memory (this includes pre-requisites for remembering past events) and Maths skills (e.g. working with quantity, numbers and money).

As the curriculum moves from an early to a more advanced stage, it becomes complex and language skills become more sophisticated. Learnt skills are combined and generalized, transformed (for example the concept of 'red' can mean stop, as in a woman shouting 'stop' at the airport, her voice being heard for the first time in that context, it has never been tested and wasn't part of teaching before; it can also mean that you may not have access to a certain item) and then combined with new skills.

PEAK is evidence based and studies have been written on its efficacy with a number of different learners.

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Visit the PEAK website for free resources and evidence based research.