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Here are the resources we found for World Autism Awareness Week 2018 for parents and families:
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Gabriel has partnered with Fixers UK to help other young people understand autism. Autism can be confusing for people who don’t know what it is. This video shares exactly what it can be like to be autistic when even simple situations such as sitting in a classroom can be overwhelming.
What is Autism?
This video from the National Autistic Society gives you information about autism. It answers a couple of questions about what autism is, different types of autism, what it is like to experience autism, what causes autism and where to go if you want more information.
What is Autism Spectrum Disorder and what causes Autism Spectrum Disorder?
This video features Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist Sophie talking about Autism Spectrum Disorder. She explains some of the difficulties that people with ASD might face and what psychiatrists currently understand to be the causes of autism spectrum disorders.
Understanding how Children with ASD think
This video features Sophie who is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist. In this video she describes some of the differences between the thoughts of a young person with ASD and the thoughts of a neurotypical child, or a child without ASD. She covers topics like sensory overload, theory of mind and obsessive thoughts or fixations.
Autism West Midlands
Autism West Midlands aims to enrich the lives of people with autism in the West Midlands. They use their passion and expertise to enrich the lives of people with autism and those who care for them. They offer adult support, and family support to help people with autism and their loved ones.
The National Autistic Society
The National Autistic Society is the leading UK charity for autistic people (including those with Asperger syndrome) and their families. You will find a wealth of information her on everything from diagnosis, care and support to transitioning to post 16 education and beyond. The NAS also offer advice, training and support to education and healthcare professionals and other support staff and employees.
Ambitious about Autism
Ambitious about Autism is a national charity for children and young people with autism. They provide services, raise awareness and understanding, and campaign for change. Through TreeHouse School, The Rise School and Ambitious College they also offer specialist education and support.
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Autistic Pupils and Transition
Autistic children and young people can find transition very difficult. This could be the transition between year groups, moving schools or going to college or university. This webpage from The National Autistic Society contains information that might be useful to both parents and teachers about how best to support an autistic person who is experiencing transitional periods within their education.
After your Child’s Diagnosis
An autism diagnosis can be difficult to come to terms with. You may be coping with a condition you know very little about, and trying to find new ways for everyone to live together and feel supported. Many people aren’t given any guidance on what to do next. Moving on from a diagnosis can seem daunting, but The National Autistic Society is here to help.
Starting or Changing School
Autistic children and young people can find change difficult, including starting or moving to a new school. On this webpage, you can find information about strategies that can be used to support your child in advance of and during the periods of change.
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Managing Stress and Anxiety: Supporting People with Autism
This information sheet has been put together by Autism West Midlands to give an introduction to stress and anxiety in people with autism, and how best to support them.
Using Visual Resources – Timetables
This resource from Autism West Midlands shares how to effectively use timetables with young people with autism. It shares 3 different types of timetables that can be used including; a visual timetable, a visual timetable with a checklist, and a now and next time table.
Using Visual Resources – Schedules and Prompts
This resource from Autism West Midlands shares how to use schedules and prompts with young people who have autism. The use of schedules and prompts can help to increase independence and life skills, it may help with young people who forget to do things or who lose things frequently.
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What to do when your Autistic or Asperger’s Child is being Bullied
Dr Tali Shenfield’s blog post for the Child Psychology and Parenting Blog covers how your approach to bullying needs to be different if you have a child with Autism or Asperger’s. The blog post even sets out the types of questions you might have to ask your child if you think they might be experiencing bullying either in person or online.
Course / Event
EarlyBird, EarlyBird Plus and EarlyBird Healthy Minds
EarlyBird and EarlyBird Plus are support programmes for parents and carers, offering advice and guidance on strategies and approaches for dealing with young autistic children. The EarlyBird programme focusses on young children who are diagnosed before the age of 5, while the EarlyBird Plus programme focusses on young people diagnosed between 4 and 8.