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Scottish Autism Right Click:  Right Click is an online support programme for parents and carers of children and teenagers who are on the autism spectrum. The programme enables parents to learn skills and strategies to support their child/teen/adult.

Right Click is made up mainly of video content and it is designed for parents and carers only. We do, however, allow professionals to preview Right Click to assess suitability for families they are working with. Right Click is not a training resource: there are no tests, exams or qualifications associated with it.

It is a five week programme with new content released each week for the first four weeks and a fifth week available to review all materials. There are intake dates throughout the year and parents can sign up free at www.scottishautism.org. There are currently three programmes, for parents of: young children, teenagers and adults.

Working with parents - Advanced Training Material: E-learning materials commissioned in response to a Government recommendation, following the Lamb Inquiry (2009). They are designed to support teachers in mainstream schools who wish to gain advanced and specialist skills. The issues considered in this unit include: The information and insight that parents/carers have about pupils, the importance of engaging with parents and how to work effectively with parents – as a pupil’s teacher and as part of a multi-agency provision for a pupil.

Engaging effectively with parents, carers and families - Advanced Training Material: E-learning materials commissioned in response to a Government recommendation, following the Lamb Inquiry (2009). They are designed to support teachers in mainstream schools who wish to gain advanced and specialist skills. This unit examines how diagnosis of autism impacts on a child’s family, and looks at the importance and practicalities of establishing strong links between the school and the home.

Autism Education Trust - Reaching Out Toolkit:   This Toolkit is being developed in different phases. In this phase it provides strategies to involve single parents and parents from minority ethnic communities. Other groups will be addressed in a second phase.     

ENQUIRE - The Scottish advice service for additional support for learning, managed by Children in Scotland and funded by the Scottish Government. They offer independent and impartial advice and information to parents, carers, practitioners, children and young people  They also provide a range of clear and easy to read guides and factsheets explaining everything from how to find out if your child needs extra help at school to what should happen when they leave school.

Support for pupils from ENQUIRE   Enquire’s website for young people has had a huge makeover thanks to the help of 75 young people and now has a new brand name - Reach. The core message is that no-one is out of reach, and that the right support can make all the different to pupils who are struggling at school.  The site includes lots of advice from young people themselves. You can visit the site at:   https://reach.scot    ENQUIRE had input from a number of young people with Autism during the development of the site and there is autism specific information featured (and plans to include more in the future). https://reach.scot/get-help/taking-part-at-school/  https://reach.scot/autism/our-say-mentors-for-pupils-with-autism/

Different behaviour between school and home (NAS) Tony Attwood refers to this as the Jekyll and Hyde character (Attwood, 1998).

This link to National Autistic Society, Family Life section provides useful  strategies on a variety of day-to-day activities which can cause confusion and anxiety. These include .

Hairdressers: preparing for a visit

Holidays and days out

Religion: going to a place of worship

Shopping: strategies to help

NAS section on Your Health contains help with everyday things like

going to the doctor, dentist, or being in hospital, as well as information about mental health, helping children to sleep, toilet training and diet.

Coping with Christmas

Written for parents, carers and family members, this section on NAS website outlines the difficulties experienced by people with autism and Asperger syndrome during the Christmas period and offers coping strategies.

RESOURCES AND FURTHER READING

Preparing for (and Surviving) Puberty, NHS Forth Valley    This booklet is for parents, carers or anyone involved in supporting a child or young person with additional support needs through growing up and puberty.The topics included are based on common questions and concerns raised by local parents/carers and the information has come from a range of sources - local and international research, creditable websites, good practice by parents, teachers and professionals in Forth Valley

Scottish Autism Right Click - An online Parent Support Programme: Learn skills and strategies to support your young child or teenager. Register free at Scottish Autism or email rightclick@scottishautism.org

Autism Network Scotland (2013) Parents Edition Newsletter.. This newsletter provides excellent links to current resources, articles and information on autism for families

ENABLE Scotland: Tricky Moments -hints and tips for managing your child's challenging behaviour, This booklet was written with parents of children with learning disabilities and/or autism in mind. However many of the suggestions will be helpful whether your child has a disability or not.

Enquire:  The parents guide to additional support for learning. A simple and easy-to-read guide is an introduction to additional support for learning.

Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network(SIGN) - Booklet for parents and carers. The booklet explains what ASD is; how it is diagnosed; what can help. There are details of support organisations and other places where you can get more information at the end of the booklet. Also available in: Large print; Gaelic; Mandarin; Polish; Urdu; Russian; Bengali‚Äč

 

Falkirk Council Children with Disabilities Team, Occupational Therapy has produced a series of booklets (pdf) which are an excellent reference for school staff as well as for home. These booklets can be found at the bottom of the web page which opens when title is clicked.

Making Sense of Sensory Behaviour: A practical approach at home for parents and carers   

Content  includes: 

Creating a Supportive Environment
Creating a Supportive Play Enviroment at Home 
Creating a Social Family Enviroment 
Home Safety 
 
 Aspergers Syndrome (teenagers):A practical approach at home for parents and carers  provides further advice for this age group related to Leisure in the home, Social and Emotional factors and The changing environment of the school leaver
 
 Life Skills for Little Ones- A practical approach at home for parents and carers also from Falkirk Council Children with Disabilities Team, Occupational Therapy. Although not autism specific provides ideas and tips to support lifeskills  many young children with autism find difficult including:
  • Personal CareActivities 
  • Toileting 
  • Dressing 
  • Bathing 
  • Eating & Drinking 
  • Sleeping
There are also ideas for Activities out and about, and Special Events such as holidays, Christmas and birthday parties
 
A new resource has been added in 2016 - Life Skills - Teenagers.. Though not specific to young people with autism the hints and tips are relevant for anyone working with young people in this 

Parents as partners toolkit : developed by the Scottish Executive Education Department (SEED) to provide parents and staff in education authorities and schools with a practical resource to support partnership with parents in all aspects of children’s learning.

Leicester Autism Outreach Service have developed a number of resources, links, ideas for parents/carers/educationalists/individuals with autism/siblings and anyone interested in Autism Spectrum Disorders. These include booklets on Toileting skills, mealtimes, Christmas tips. Click here to view

NAS Contact Details

NAS  - Family Programme - supports families in three ways:a telephone helpline, parent seminars, intensive guidance.

NAS: Bullying: A guide for parents. A child with autism can be at more risk of being bullied than their peers. However, they may not be able to communicate this to you. In this section, we explain the term bullying, the signs to look out for if your child is being bullied,

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