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Here are the resources we found for World Autism Awareness Week 2018 for professionals:
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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.
Living with Autism – Ky’s Story
This animation features Hugo Weaving and his nephew Ky who has autism. This video shows how autism affects Ky’s life and how autism changes as we grow.
Can you make it to the end?
This video from The National Autistic Society highlights sensory overload in young people with autism. It shows just how autistic people can see and experience life which can lead to meltdowns in public. Young people with autism experiencing sensory overload are not naughty, they’re autistic.
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.
Autism Education Trust
The Autism Education Trust is a joint venture between Ambitious about Autism, the Autism Alliance and the National Autistic Society. This venture is supported by the Department for Education and aims to improve the education of children and young people with autism.
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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Supporting autistic children in the classroom
Each autistic child and young person has individual needs and abilities. On this webpage, you will find information about how best to help autistic pupils within the classroom. This includes information on how autistic pupils might behave in the classroom as well as informal ways you might be able to help as a teacher or support worker.
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.
Information for General Practictioners
The National Autistic Society estimate that 11 in everyone are on the autism spectrum. This means if you are a GP with a list of 2,000 people, you’re likely to have 22 people on the autism spectrum on your life. This webpage from The National Autistic Society has advice for GPs about how to support autistic people within their practice.
A Guide for Teachers
This guide from the Autism Education Trust was made specifically for teachers who might be struggling to find information about how to support young people within their classroom who have Autism, or have and Autistic Spectrum Disorder. It answers common questions such as; the main areas of difficulties a young person with autism might face and how to develop strategies tailored to individuals with Autism or ASD.
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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.
Using Visual Resources – Rules and Reward Charts
This resource from Autism West Midlands shows examples of rule charts and reward charts. These charts can be utilised by parents and educational professionals to set out rules and standards for young people who have autism.
Using Visual Resources – Intimacy Circles
This resource from Autism West Midlands contains examples of intimacy circles which can be created by parents or professionals to help young people with autism understand social rules and form positive relationships.
Using Visual Resources – Five Point Scale
This resource from Autism West Midlands contains examples of five point scales that can be used by parents or educational professionals. The aims of these five point scales is to help young people with autism recognise what makes them anxious and what they can do to make themselves feel better.