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Here are the resources we found for autism for parents and families:
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Undiagnosed autism in school
“This is my experience of going through 9 years of school with undiagnosed autism”. Personal reflections from a GCSE student about the effect that her autism has had upon her mental health and schooling, and how delays in diagnosis and putting support in place made things much, much worse.
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.
My Autism and Me
Short film made for CBBC Newsround about autism and asperger syndrome and the various ways these conditions can affect people. This film aims to raise awareness and understanding in the hope to reduce bullying of young people with autism and asperger syndrome.
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.
Dimensions have been offering support packages for people with learning disabilities and autism for nearly 40 years. Whether this is a few hours a week or support for complex and profound difficulties, they have been there. They believe at putting people at the heart of what they do and continuously strive to give people with learning difficulties and autism the best integration within their communities.
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.
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.
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.
A learning disability affects the way an individual learns. There are many different types of learning disabilities and these can be mild, moderate or severe; however the effects of all learning disabilities are life long. This webpage from The Children’s Society contains information and top tips for parents about how to cope with learning disabilities.
Top Tips for Sensory Overload
Autistic people can get overloaded by everything around them. It’s like all the senses are firing, all at once. Like there’s no filter. Like they’re getting too much information. That makes the world a terrifying, isolating place but it doesn’t have to be like this. One small change from you could help reduce the overload.
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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.
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.
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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.