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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.
Make it Stop
This video focusses on one young girls journey to a birthday party. Along the way she encounters lots of people and we can watch as she experiences sensory overload. She’s autistic and sometimes she gets too much information.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
Autism & Related Conditions
This page from the Black Country CAMHS site provides an introduction to Autistic spectrum conditions, tips to support young people, and a set of additional links and videos.
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 – 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.
Being Me: The National Autistic Society
This short downloadable leaflet talks about the experience of young people with autism within school. It gives two short case studies from a young boy and girl and how they have. The downloadable resource is completed with advice for teachers on how to support young people with autism within the classroom.
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.
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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.