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EdPlace offers thousands of interactive learning resources to help support children with ASD from year 1 to GCSE. We’re here to help support your child through their learning journey. We understand that finding the type of support your child may need can be daunting, so we want to try and demystify some of the common questions - we’re here to support you and your child’s education!

In this article, Mandy, our SEND expert, who has worked within schools for 11 years (we like to call her our SEND Superhero!), gives you tips to help support your child’s learning.

Autism is brain condition, apparent from early childhood, characterised by great difficulty in communicating and forming relationships with other people and in using language and abstract concepts.

If you’re concerned that your child has ASD you must seek medical advice for your GP. The Child and Mental Health Service will be pivotal in diagnosing your child with Autism. During the process, your child  will be put on an ‘ASD pathway’ which is the road towards the diagnosis. Multiple questionnaires will be sent to family members and your child’s school to complete, about historic and present behaviour and responses to situations. Your child will be observed in school and in session at CAMHs. The young person on the pathway will have an Educational Psychologist assessment too. A conclusion and diagnosis will be based on all of the evidence presented to the professionals involved in the pathway.

Some behaviours and symptoms that you may see in a child with ASD:

Communication
People with ASD can find it very difficult to understand body language. They may not recognise how people are feeling and therefore can’t sympathise. Language development can be delayed, so they may seem a little less mature than their peers and will use inappropriate vocabulary to express themselves.

Interaction
Children with ASD may lack awareness of and interest in other children.They may aggravate children their own age and so will gravitate towards older children. They can be quite isolated as they don’t conform to social ‘norms’.

Imagination
Some children with ASD don’t demonstrate imaginative play, they will struggle to ‘pretend’. However others, may continually repeat the same pretend play, like a ritual. People with ASD will not understand idioms- they will take things you say literally.

ASD Superpowers

People with ASD have their own personal attributes and skills on top of ASD superpowers, such as creativity and Out-of-the-box thinking! Giving different perspectives opens minds of others, and presenting ideas and communicating creatively allows a wider sensory experience for everyone.

Additional support

  • If your child receives a diagnosis of ASD, you start the process of applying for an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). If awarded one (once you have completed the assessments to qualify), you will get access to additional support at school for your child. The EHCP comes with an amount of money that the school can pay for interventions and adaptations to the environment, to ensure that your child is accessing the curriculum appropriately and is safe and happy at school.
  • It will be beneficial to talk to your family members and close friends about your child’s diagnosis, so that you can build a circle of support around you and your child.
  • There are lots of charities and societies that offer support to families of an autistic child, it is a good idea to sign up to articles and forums so that you are up-to-date with new legislation and research, as well as being in touch with others that can share your experiences as your child grows.

It is important to remember that ASD is a spectrum - therefore some people may be severely affected by autism, whereas others may be high functioning and only have some specific differences.

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EdPlace educational resources supports students with ASD

  • The resources and activities throughout the platform are interactive, engaging and visual.
  • All of the tasks can be differentiated to suit the individual with progress and attainment visually represented and easily monitored by both the child and adult.
  • Rewards are bespoke for each child, so that you can set something that is equally motivating and enticing but also achievable.
  • A reading ruler and window can reduce the amount of exposed information on the screen if a child has sensory processing difficulties comorbid with ASD.
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