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Here are the resources we found for World Autism Awareness Week 2018 for professionals:
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This video is what some autistic people face everyday. It is hoped that through viewing this video people without autism will gain an understanding of how hard it can be to face the world when you have autism, and encourage those people to share a bit of empathy and understanding.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Using Visual Resources – Social Stories
This resource by Autism West Midlands shows how to utilise social stories to help people with autism to develop social understanding and skills. The show the process of a specific skill or event and often explain why we have to do it. They can be used by parents and professionals to develop understanding in young people with autism.
Using Visual Resources – Comic Strips
This resource from Autism West Midlands aims to help parents and teachers effectively use comic strips to help teach young people with autism about other peoples’ perspectives. It can be helpful in teaching young people with autism about social interaction and why they might have acted inappropriately.
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.