We work with a number of secondary school and have had the privilege of supporting a large number of children through from Year 7 to Year 11. We've worked with them in groups and individually to help them through issues, emotional development and puberty. We've built strong relationships and helped them with problems in school. We've been able to train their teachers so they know how to support them and worked through their worries and fears about exams and transition once they get to Year 10 and 11.
But once they leave school, we lose touch with most of them. And if I thought we had done all we could to prepare and support them for the transition to adulthood, I would be happy to let go. But we often get reports of our autistic students having difficulties at colleges, dropping out and becoming inactive at home with nowhere to go. Those who do seem to be doing better are the lucky ones. We want to do something more to help.