- Use the questionnaire to assess how inclusive your school is for a pupil with autism
- Print out a ‘Christmas Count Down Calendar’ showing the whole of December and mark on it everything that is happening over the next few weeks. Add pictures to link the calendar to the child’s special interest (trains, animals, dinosaurs, Minecraft etc.) as this will help them connect to it.
- Highlight the next event on the calendar and cross it off afterwards as this helps the child focus on one thing at a time.
Poster for a child to fill in with information about themselves.
Receiving and Understanding the Autism Diagnosis
This is a free resource from the Autism Education Trust. These films have been made by young people on the autism spectrum who wanted to share their experiences of receiving a diagnosis with other young people who may be going through the diagnosis process. They know that receiving a diagnosis of autism can be difficult and confusing at any age and for this reason wanted to offer some help and support to young people and their families. There are also films of parents and professionals talking about the process of diagnosis.
Girls and Autism
A study by the National Autistic Society found that Autism is more than three times more prevalent in boys than in girls. It is now thought that many girls go undiagnosed which could partly be due to the diagnostic criteria focusing on male behaviour and traits. Girls with Autism present differently, often being shy or passive, having an increased ability to copy the behaviour of their peers to fit in and their intense interests focusing on similar things to other girls. Recently Increasing numbers of girls are receiving an Autism diagnosis. This helpful free report by the National Association of Special Educational Needs identifies key issues for girls with autism and provides some practical support strategies.