Autistic provision within Surrey Schools Two special schools that educate only children on the Autistic Spectrum from 5years to 19years (Linden Bridge and Freemantles) Units attached to mainstream primaries which have a range of special needs including autism There will be four new units attached to Secondary mainstream schools: (Salesian School, Rodborough, Howard of Effingham & Hinchley Wood)) Pupils are in mainstream classes sometimes with support and others without support dependent upon need
How does Outreach get involved? SENCO will make a referral to Outreach to go into schools and help pupils access the National Curriculum with specific ASD strategies. Training of staff and assistants to become more knowledgable and confident in dealing with autism and the pupils within their settings.
Myths and Facts about Autism Autistic children in our school seems to be on the increase. 5:1 males versus females It is a lifetime special need 1 in 100 people are diagnosed with ASD Is NOT a mental illness but a developmental disorder Passed from one generation to another Find it difficult to see others’ point of view Have special talents
ASD Outreach Linden Bridge ASD MildSevere People with Asperger's Syndrome have above average or average IQ People with Autism generally have learning difficulties Lorna Wing’s Triad of Impairments Social Interaction Social Communication Social Imagination Sensory Issues
ASD Outreach Linden Bridge Awareness of others’ thoughts and feelings I do not like this conversation but I will listen to please the teacher I’m not listening to you!!
ASD Outreach Linden Bridge Making Friends Wanting social interaction but not knowing how? Or May not want to interact with others?
ASD Outreach Linden Bridge Difficulties with non-verbal communication Not all children with ASD can read these signs
ASD Outreach Linden Bridge Over literal interpretations The weird world of the English Language…… Can we really say who is right or wrong?
ASD Outreach Linden Bridge Love of routine Most people love routines because they make it easier for us to function in a busy world. ‘Reality to an autistic person is a confusing, interacting mass of events, people, places, sounds and sights’ Social interaction, imagination, language and sensory problems make the world even more confusing and stressful for people with ASD SO they have an even greater need for routines!
ASD Outreach Linden Bridge Engage in repetitive actions If the world is confusing these actions must be calming! Repetitive Behaviours Familiar Predictable Security
Anxiety No room for learning Fear of the unknown Overload situation – need to calm – save haven – time out Transition issues from Primary to Secondary. Larger environment. More subjects. Different teachers with different personalities. and teaching styles.. Good communication at all levels is needed. Training is also key.
Anxiety (cont’d) Asking for help Homework is often an issue Meltdown in home situations when everything is held together at school. Not wanting to be different. Controlling situations Consistency
Strategies for our ASD Child will differ from a Primary to Secondary Setting
Researchers at Cambridge and Oxford universities believe both scientists displayed signs of Asperger Syndrome. Many people with AS are often regarded as being eccentric. They sometimes lack social skills, are obsessed with complex topics and can have problems communicating. This latest research suggests that Einstein, who is credited with developing the theory of relativity, and Newton, who discovered the laws of gravity, had these traits to varying degrees. Einstein and Newton Retrospective diagnoses
You will make sure: that my clothes and laundry are kept in good order; that I will receive my three meals regularly in my room; that my bedroom and study are kept neat, and especially that my desk is left for my use only. You will renounce all personal relations with me insofar as they are not completely necessary for social reasons: you will not expect any intimacy from me, nor will you reproach me in any way; you will stop talking to me if I request it. Letter from Einstein to his wife - extract