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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.
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.
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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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.
Using Visual Resources – Rules and Reward Charts
This resource from Autism West Midlands shows examples of rule charts and reward charts. These charts can be utilised by parents and educational professionals to set out rules and standards for young people who have autism.
Using Visual Resources – Intimacy Circles
This resource from Autism West Midlands contains examples of intimacy circles which can be created by parents or professionals to help young people with autism understand social rules and form positive relationships.
Using Visual Resources – Five Point Scale
This resource from Autism West Midlands contains examples of five point scales that can be used by parents or educational professionals. The aims of these five point scales is to help young people with autism recognise what makes them anxious and what they can do to make themselves feel better.
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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.