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ASD - Aspergers Support Strategies

You may need to:

• provide an area in the classroom where he can have his own personal space and avoid distractions, perhaps facing the wall and possibly screened off

• ensure that the classroom has an element of continuity - not too many changes at one time

• prepare him well in advance for any changes in school routine, if possible, as this can be very distressing for him

• use a daily visual timetable for younger children

• keep instructions clear and simple, checking that he understands by repeating the instructions to him individually as he may not understand that general instructions are for him unless his name is used

• use ICT to support his learning in a variety of ways

• use visual and concrete materials to support understanding of conceptual vocabulary

• explain jokes, idioms and figures of speech as far as can be understood, or at least explain when something is a joke, etc

• teach pupils how to interpret social signals, such as facial expressions and gestures

• use games and activities to teach social conventions and interaction (eg turn-taking)

• give him the opportunity to explain his anxieties

• give a logical explanation when asking him to do something new

• ensure that he understands that school and classroom rules apply to him

• speak to him in a calm and emotionless manner, with little variation in tone/modulation of voice.

Support agencies

• Asperger's Syndrome Foundation: www.aspergerfoundation.org.uk

• Autism Society (USA): www.autism.org

• National Autistic Society: www.nas.org.uk

• OASIS and MAAP (USA): http://aspergersyndrome.org

• Online Asperger Syndrome Information and Support: www.oaasis.co.uk

• Scottish Society for Autism: www.autism-in-scotland.org.uk