Aims: To share ideas of including pupils in mainstream settings using: Peer passports Mainstream communication groups Inclusion groups Buddy systems
schools should ensure that they maximise opportunities for pupils with autism spectrum disorders to be included socially and educationally with mainstream peers Education for Pupils with Autism Spectrum Disorders, HMIe 2006
Communication passports Using passports with mainstream peers Alex Dual diagnosis of autism & ADHD Minimal communicative spoken language Peer passports
Pictures help me to know what to do. I use pictures to tell people what I want too.
You can help me by playing with me. I like to have fun! It also helps if you say my name before you talk to me, and speak slowly.
I have autism. This means I dont find it easy to: Know what to do Talk to people Play with others But I love to have fun – just like you do!
Evaluation Next steps Update existing passports Produce for more children Increase guidance given to staff Emphasise use with child with ASD and peers, e.g. paired reading
Social interaction groups Groups with mainstream peers Supported by Additional Needs Assistants Benefits Extending communication targets to peer interaction Role in educating ANA in communication strategies Help peers learn how to interact with the child with autism in their class Mainstream groups
Trevor Early stages of using spoken language Good PECS user with adults Very little interaction with peers Progression Learning to request items from peers Looking to see who has what he needs Extension to within classroom Monitoring
Buddy Groups Set in base schools Usually older mainstream pupils Pupils need guidance on how to best play with our pupils Have ongoing discussion with them to solve problems/ get new ideas Invite them to social activities within the spectrum classroom.
A book of games developed by Buddies and Active Schools Co-ordinator Adapted games Included symbols and familiar communication strategies Provides ways of communicating effectively Ensures inclusion of all children Develops positive relationships