Autism Outreach Service – Autism friendly classroom guides!

 

The following two booklets, a primary version and a secondary version, have been written by David Burns author of ‘Do lemons have feathers?’. They are short guides aimed at supporting teachers in setting up an autism friendly classroom. The ideas and strategies that David has chosen to share will be to the benefit of all children in the class not just those on the autism spectrum.

“We don’t have to learn a whole set of separate ideas to apply to certain pupils – they’ll benefit everyone. How good is that?”

 

Autism Outreach Service – Free Webinars from Children in Scotland

 

 

Children in Scotland is a national charity that is delivering some free webinars throughout the month of July. The webinars are on a range of topics and are aimed at parents and carers of children with additional support needs. The webinar titles and dates are listed below.

If you are interested in joining in one of the webinars you can book by clicking the link here which will take you to the Children in Scotland booking page on eventbrite.

 

Tuesday, 7 July 2020, 10.30 till 12.00

Discussing coronavirus and lockdown with children/teens with ASN

Corrie McLean, Three Sisters Consultancy

 

Monday, 20 July 2020, 15.00 till 16.30

Supporting children/teens with ASN to manage health anxieties

Corrie McLean, Three Sisters Consultancy

 

Thursday, 23 July 2020, 10.30 till 12.00

Understanding children’s rights and additional support requirements

My Rights, My Say

 

Tuesday, 28 July 2020, 10.30 till 12.00

Creating positive home routines for children/teens with ASN

Corrie McLean, Three Sisters Consultancy

 

Friday, 31 July 2020, 15.00 till 16.30

Supporting children/teens with ASN with their transition back to schooling

Corrie McLean, Three Sisters Consultancy

 

 

 

Autism Outreach Service – Presentation: Behaviour as Communication

 

‘What is your child or young person’s behaviour trying to tell you?

A guide to resources, strategies and tips to support positive behaviour management.

 

Sometimes, when you have a child or young person with an additional support need, working out what they are trying to tell you can be difficult! Your child or young person may be beginning to develop some behaviours that challenge you or they may already have behaviours that challenge you. There are often complex reasons behind a child or young person’s behaviour and it is rarely anyone’s ‘fault’. All children and young people are different and there is often no single answer as to why the behaviours are happening. These behaviours can occur at any time, and in any place, but the strategies and supports that will help are the same no matter where, or when, the behaviour happens.

There is no ‘quick fix’ but hopefully this presentation will give you some ideas and advice and show you that there are lots of ways you can help and support your child or young person.

At the end of the presentation there are lots of links to additional resources that you may find useful!

 

Autism Outreach Service – More Resources to Download!

Below you will find some more visual resources that can be used at home or school.

Remember, if you would like some of the resources to use at home with your child or young person but are unable to print out and make them up yourself, then we can help you with this.

Just contact Dahni, our team member for resources, at:

DaNewcombe@aberdeencity.gov.uk

It would be helpful if you could give Dahni the following information when you email her:

  • Your Name
  • Child’s name, class and school
  • Whether they are currently supported by the Autism Outreach Service
  • The resource that you are looking for

Dahni will get in touch to let you know that she has received your request and then email you back when the resources are ready and arrange to get them out to you!

Please note that we can only provide this service for children and young people who are attending, or will be attending, an Aberdeen City Council educational placement.

The symbols used are Boardmaker from Mayer-Johnson.

 

ACTIVITIES TO DO WHEN OUT AND ABOUT!

I CAN DO IT MYSELF BOARDS!

 

WRITTEN SCHEDULES!

 

REMINDER CARDS!

At School

At School (Lanyard)

When out shopping

 

Autism Outreach Service – Presentation: An Autism Appropriate Environment

This autism appropriate environment presentation is one that has been delivered to education staff in the past as a twilight workshop, presented by Tricia Bruce, a member of the Autism Outreach Team. Under the current circumstances, our team thought it would be useful for staff to have access to it online, to help contribute towards CPD.

The presentation will guide you in…

  • understanding the importance of structure and routine
  • understanding the part that sensory differences play in the classroom
  • minimising distractions

and

  • the use of ABC charts with some examples

We hope you enjoy!

 

Autism Outreach Service – Transition Resources

Schools and staff across Aberdeen City are in the process of planning and preparing for the return of their pupils to school in August.  This will be exciting news for a lot of our pupils but it may also be a time of apprehension for some of them too. To help support the transition from home back to school we thought it would be helpful to post some general transition resources and advice for use by both parents and teaching staff.

 

Elsa-support has a social story on going ‘Back to school’ after coronavirus and some back to school wellbeing question worksheets.

‘The Rainbow Classroom’ has produced two video social stories: ‘Going back to school’ and ‘What will school be like now?’

This is another social story on going back to school.

The following are links to pages on the Autism Toolbox and the National Autistic Society websites that relate to transition advice and resources.

The Reachout ASC website has a free collection of resources you can download.

The Autism Education Trust Transition Booklet has advice and practical strategies to support transitions. They also have a ‘Tools for Teachers Covid-19 Edition’ booklet which is free to download if you are registered with them.

The following links are visual transition supports from Communication Friendly Environments.

‘Guidance for teachers on transitioning autistic pupils back to school’ is a booklet that has been written and produced by the One Stop Shop Aberdeen and the Triple A’s Aberdeen. The Triple A’s are an entirely autism led peer support charity for people on the autistic spectrum.

 

Autism Outreach Service – Resource Links

Here are some links to pages from Scottish Autism, the National Autistic Society and Clear your Head that may be useful.

Remember,

if you would like some of the site’s resources to use at home with your child or young person but are unable to print out and make them up yourself, then we can help you with this.

Just contact Dahni, our team member for resources, at:

DaNewcombe@aberdeencity.gov.uk

It would be helpful, if when you email Dahni, you could give her the following information:

• Your name
• Child’s name, class and school
• Whether they are currently supported by the Autism Outreach Service
• The resources you would like made up either from below, or from the website.

Dahni will get in touch to let you know that she has received your request and then email you back when the resources are ready and arrange to get them out to you!

Please note that we can only provide this service for children and young people who are attending, or will be attending, an Aberdeen City Council educational placement.

 

Autism Outreach Service – More Resources (ELSA Support)

ELSA Support is a website which provides downloadable resources for parents and carers and teaching staff that support the teaching of emotional literacy or emotional intelligence.

Remember, if you would like some of the site’s resources to use at home with your child or young person but are unable to print out and make them up yourself, then we can help you with this.

Just contact Dahni, our team member for resources, at:

DaNewcombe@aberdeencity.gov.uk

It would be helpful, if when you email Dahni, you could give her the following information:

• Your name
• Child’s name, class and school
• Whether they are currently supported by the Autism Outreach Service
• The resources you would like made up either from below, or from the website.

Dahni will get in touch to let you know that she has received your request and then email you back when the resources are ready and arrange to get them out to you!

Please note that we can only provide this service for children and young people who are attending, or will be attending, an Aberdeen City Council educational placement.

Below are some resources from the ELSA-Support website that you may find helpful!

             

             

             

             

             

             

 

Autism Outreach Service – Presentation: What is Autism?

This introduction to autism presentation is one that has been delivered to education staff in the past as a twilight workshop, presented by Hayley McFarlane, a member of the Autism Outreach Team. Under the current circumstances, our team thought it would be useful for staff to have access to it online, to help contribute towards CPD.

The presentation will guide you in…

  • understanding why autism is described as a spectrum condition
  • understanding what is meant by a comorbid condition
  • understanding potential supports that you can put in place to minimise any difficulties that may occur
  • understanding the range and impact of sensory sensitivities, outlining potential supports that you can put in place to minimise their negative impact

and

  • understanding the importance of having an individual profile to achieve positive outcomes.

We hope you enjoy!