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Here are the resources we found for autism for professionals:
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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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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.
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.
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12 Thing I’d like Teachers to Understand about Autism
Lisa Smith has partnered with Autism Speaks to write this blog post about things she wished teachers knew about Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders. In this blog post she covers things like how to support a child with Autism in a learning environment, how to cope as a teacher, and ends with a reminder that young people with Autism are different, not scary, just different.