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Here are the resources we found for World Autism Awareness Week 2018 for professionals:
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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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how someone communicates with and relates to other people and how they experience the world around them. Autism is a spectrum condition and this means that it affects children in very different ways. Mentally Healthy Schools by Heads Together has put together support for teachers regarding autism.
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.
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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.