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Here are the resources we found for World Autism Awareness Week 2018 for parents and families:
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How Autism Freed Me to be Myself – Rosie King
“People are so afraid of variety that they try to fit everything into a tiny little box with a specific label,” says 16 year old Rosie King who is bold, brash and autistic. She wants to know: Why is everyone so worried about being normal? She sounds a call for every kid, parent, teacher and person to celebrate uniqueness.
Amazing Things Happen
A short animated introduction to autism for non-autistic children. This video aims to raise autism awareness, to create understanding and to encourage acceptance in future generations.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
Learning Disabilities, Autism and Internet Safety
There are many advantages to children and young people using the internet, but it also comes with some risks. Access to technology also means potential access to cyberbullying, online grooming and exposure to inappropriate content. These risks can be more profound for young people with a learning disability so Parent Info has come up with some tips for parents.
I think my Child has Autism
No one child with autism is likely to display every symptoms of autism exactly as the textbook says. However, there are some general areas to watch out for. Ambitious about Autism has put together a list of signs that autistic children or young people might show to help you decide whether to investigate the possibility of autism within your child.
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.
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Autism: A Guide for Parents and Carers Following Diagnosis
If you have recently learned that you child has autistic spectrum disorder, this guide is for you. It has been developed with the help of parents of children with autism to; help you understand what understand what autism is, give you a picture of what you and others can do to help your child, tell you about the support that is available and, answer the question that many parents have at this time.
Asperger syndrome is part of the autism spectrum. This information sheet from Autism West Midlands details how people with Asperger syndrome may experience the core feature of autism. It contains information on the use of language, social situations, flexibility of thought, anxiety, and sensory issues.
Autism, Change and Transition
Change is an inevitable part of life. It can be challenging, but it can also give us opportunities for personal growth and development. Some people with autism find change and transition difficult. This information sheet from Autism West Midlands introduces reasons why, and how we can support people with autism during change and transition.
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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.