My books for LDA have been published..."How to support pupils with ASC in primary schools" and "How to support students with ASC in secondary schools". You can order a copy here or Here
How to Write Social Stories (published January 2016)
Social Stories are talked about a lot and can be difficult to get right. We use them all the time and find them very effective. They can be more useful to older children and adults than very young children but if pitched at the right level, they can benefit all.
The most important thing is to make them positive and to give the person you are writing them for some social information that is useful for them in the situation you are describing, and then some positive choices of how they can deal with or cope with the situation. Here is the article I wrote for Special Children Magazine in Jan 2016 to help you learn to write them well.
Supporting pupils with autism through sex and relationships education (published April 2016)
The usual Sex and Relationships Education is sometimes very difficult to access for pupils with Autism/ ASC. This article looks at a structure you can work through to give a good grounding in the foundations of understanding needed to make sense of relationships, growong up, puberty and sex. A great guide for teachers and parents to start SRE teaching at an early age and through to adulthood.
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Many children with Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) can be supported with resources that are visual and clearly communicate what they are being asked to do. They can be supported to learn new skills, understand social situations and organise themselves throughout the day. We often make bespoke resources for the pupils we support but some generic resources can be useful. There are many resources available online for free, but make sure they are of good quality and useful for the child and situation you need them for. Resources work best when you can personalise them, especially with the child's favourite characters!
A visual timetable supports a person with ASC because they are often more visual than verbal thinkers. It is important that it is both developmentally appropriate and manged by the person themselves, if possible. We have often made visual timetables for KS2 and KS3 children as well as preschoolers. Some teachers have a class visual timetable, which can be good for all children, but remember the child with ASC may need their own. They teach a person the order of things, helps them learn about time, prepares them for events and how to organise themselves. A 'FINISHED' pocket to post symbols in once an event or activity is over, is important too. Learn how visual timetables can teach all kinds of things in this article from my blog.
You can get free school based timetable symbols here.
You can get home based symbols pictures here.
You can read about how to write Social Stories here or you can download an article I have written for Special Children magazine in January 2016 - see below. Social Stories (TM) were invented by Carol Gray to support children with ASC in understanding the social world and situations they find themselves facing. They are written in a particular format and structure and if written correctly can have a very positive effect on the person with ASC and the situation. We write many social stories for the children we work with on many different topics and the children love how they are positive, personal and help them understand things better.