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Editable photo transition book to prepare autistic children for change

It is very important to thoroughly prepare autistic children for a change to a new class or school. One way of doing this is to make a photo transition book that they can look at or read at home and at school. Going to a new class or new school is a big change for any child! Careful planning of big transitions and gradual preparation can ensure a child is well prepared and familiar with …

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How to communicate and interact with your autistic child

Here is some advice and practical tips on understanding, interacting with and playing with your autistic child, from my experience of being a teacher for children with complex needs.   Always show or model to the child what you want him/her to do, when you ask them to do something (do not just tell them) This will help the child to understand exactly what you want them to do, by seeing it.  Reduce your language …

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Video: Exciting news! New name, website and podcast

I am so excited to announce some exciting news! I have changed the name of the consultancy service and website from ‘ASD Teacher’ to ‘Autism Spectrum Teacher’. The main reason is due to myself feeling disconnected with the term ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder) because of the word disorder. The word disorder carries a meaning of something that is ‘wrong’ or needs to ‘be fixed’. It is my view that we should definitely not be thinking …

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The impact of successful parent and teacher relationships on autistic children

How successful parent and teacher relationships impact children with autism and how to ensure the relationship is effective, from a parent and teacher perspective. Parent PerspectiveWritten by Harshita Patel, parent and author of ‘Autism in the City’   It’s Good to Talk! The moment a child with special needs comes into your life, the paperwork pours in. It is bureaucracy gone mad! The parent becomes snowed under with form filling, a mountain of toys and …

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Using Widgit symbols to support teaching autistic children

I recently wrote an article for Widgit, all about ‘Using symbols to support ASD Teaching‘. Widgit is a symbol set containing more than 17,000 symbols. Widgit symbols are clear, simple, colourful and display a single concept in a concise way, aimed to be understood by all abilities. For me as a teacher for children with autism, I use symbols continuously to support my communication and teaching, throughout the whole day. Symbols help to provide the …