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Today is World Autism Awareness Day!
We all know someone who is on the Autistic Spectrum. What can we do to understand and support a friend, a colleague, a relative who has autism? The most helpful thing we can do is to understand what autism is and how it can affect people.
Watch the animation video to find out key aspects of Autism. What can you take from that?
Then watch the second video which contains lots of practical tips. What tips would you put into practice to support someone with autism in your class, family, place of work, neighbourhood?
Understanding is the first step to acceptance. As we say at Howard Primary School : we are all different, we are all equal!
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Watch how Elena and Damara deal with stress and big feelings. Do you have any tips? How do you look after your own mental health?
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Some children need a visual reminder of what their day will be filled with. Using a visual timetable can help reduce the anxiety a child might feel about ‘what comes next’. Time is a difficult concept to understand and transitioning from one activity to the next can be perceived as a threat or a punishment by some children. Have a look at the timetable I have attached to give you some ideas on how to put together a visual timetable. Sometimes just a NOW/NEXT prompt on a blank piece of paper will suffice.
Social stories are also useful to reduce anxiety because the message is repeated throughout the story. Have a look with your child at the social story about the Corona Virus and school closure.