School can present challenges for nearly every student at some stage or another, but for some students with Autism it can be a particularly challenging experience. However with the right supports, good communication between student, teacher and parent and a culture of inclusion, school can also be a positive experience for students with Autism to meet their own personal potential and be a full member of their local community
In 2014, AsIAm.ie published a series of “Back to School” Handbooks for Second Level Students with Autism. Parents, teachers and the AsIAm staff were delighted by how many people found them to be very useful in educating each other, building new approaches and even in sitting down to write an Individual Education Plan.
These handbooks are 100% free to download and share and we recommend checking out our “My Child” and “All About Me” Manuals in particular.
A big challenge for teachers can be to understand the individual challenges and strengths of a student with Autism, as distinct from the general information about the condition in which they may be more familiar with.
The manuals (My Child for National School Parents, All About Me for Secondary School Parents) allow you to fill in the way you or your child experiences Autism in bullet points and it is worth investing time in completing these and ensuring all the relevant teachers have a copy!
Another hint is to ask a copy to be left in the staff room in the event of a substitute teacher being on duty. The beauty of all the handbooks is they are written in a format which allows you to dip in and out as required and ensures that everyone knows all the information they need to know.
Please download your copy below and get sharing!
Please note AsIAm.ie does not provide hard copies of these documents and so users will have to print them for themselves.