Parents / Carers / Families

Collaboration with Teachers

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Combining the strengths and knowledge of parents who know their children best and have a history of supporting and advocating for their children, with the expertise of teachers, creates a powerful partnership that directly benefits the student.

Collaboration with Teachers

Create a Positive Environment

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I love routine and order

  • Help me to keep things in the right order
  • Show me how to put things carefully back on the shelf
  • Show me pictures of what you want me to do

Create a Positive Environment

Creating Opportunities for Friendship

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We need to find friendship opportunities in places where the ASD person feels comfortable and not force the situation. An ideal situation is while the ASD person is engaging in an activity that they enjoy.

Creating opportunities for friendships

The Diagnosis for Family and Friends

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Find clear information. Know what you want to say to others and be positive. Talk about the positives to others. Discuss the difficulties you may be facing.

Diagnosis for Family and Friends

Disclosing the Diagnosis

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As a parent you need to decide what to say and how to say it. You can begin by talking about strengths and difficulties that the child may experience.

Disclosing the Diagnosis

Drivers Licence

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The diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) should not be a barrier to holding a licence. Driving is a process of constantly assessing the big picture; this can pose a major challenge to students with ASD. Some people may find this skill extremely difficult to grasp whilst others will be highly competent drivers.

Drivers Licence

Friendships

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As we teach friendship skills, we also need to teach that friendships grow and change, and so we need to guide them through the different stages of friendships as some friendships wane and others become much closer. This can be taught if you have established a mentor relationship with the student.

Friendships

Girls on the Spectrum

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Girls on the spectrum are better at masking their condition – they do this by copying the behaviours of others. Behaviour is often less ‘obvious’ for someone not familiar with ASD girls. Some great tips to identify and understanding how girls differ from boys.

Girls on the Spectrum

The Importance of Being Perfect

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Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can, and usually have a problem with, perfection and everything being perfect. That is perfection as perceived by them.

Due to their literal thinking styles and unconventional ways of problem solving, their concept of something being perfect is very different from ours. This can lead to many problems at home and especially at school.

Importance of Being Perfect

Hugs - Mothers Do Need Them

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After a while I told my son that a proper hug needed two people to use their arms to squeeze. He began to understand this and began to hug back.

It was fantastic the day that my son initiated a proper hug and it was breathtaking, but in a great way!

Hugs – Mothers do need them

Maintaining Friendships

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When a friendship has formed, many ASD people will forget to maintain and reciprocate this friendship. We need to give them “ideas” and “how to instructions”.

We need to remind them with each new situation so they can build up a repertoire of scenarios where they will feel comfortable in using these “instructions”.

Maintaining Friendships

Preparing for Visitors

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There are ways in which we can prepare the person with ASD for some of these changes, for example when expecting visitors to your house.

Preparing for Visitors

Teacher and Parent Relationship

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When a partnership is formed between teachers and parents, the students see the value in education and education related activities such as homework and revision.

Teacher and Parent Relationship

Parents / Carers / Families

Welcome to Holland

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Written by Emily Pearl Kingsley. Describing the experience of raising a child with a disability – To try to help people who have not shared that unique experience, to understand it, and to imagine how it would feel.

You have landed in Holland and there you must stay. The important thing is that they haven’t taken you to a horrible, disgusting, filthy place full of pestilence, famine and disease. It’s just a different place.

So you must go out and buy new guide books, and learn a whole new language, and you will meet a whole new group of people you would never have met.

Welcome to Holland

Assignment Sheet

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Assignment sheet keeps all the information in one place.

Assignment Sheet

Excursions

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The Excursions Proforma can be used for preparation of the excursion, the activities and emotional well-being.

Excursions proforma

Now - Next - Later

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Now – Next – Later… A simple to use page to help the child understand what is expected over a short time frame.

Now Next Later

Stress Table and Barometer

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Stress Scales also turn emotions, which are abstract concepts that require imagination to understand fully, into concrete examples of numbers or colours, which are easier to understand. See more soon in the upcoming book Effective Communication by Anna Tullemans and Rhonda Valentine Dixon.

Stress Table & Barometer