Advanced Training Material - Creating a learning environment for pupils on the autism spectrum: the physical environment: 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 the environmental elements of classroom and school design for pupils with autism.
FURTHER READING AND RESOURCES
Classroom Practice (including environment) - Department of Education Northern Ireland
Classroom And Playground support for children with autism - National Autistic Society
It's the little things: This resource has been developed by ENABLE Scotland to provide some practical suggestions for teachers, learning assistants and childcare workers to effectively support the learning and meet the needs of children and young people with additional support needs who may display challenging behaviour.
Autism Friendly Classrooms TES resource. Part of a series of SEN sessions delivered in school to raise awareness of some of the additional needs / difficulties presented by students. This one focuses on autism. To maintain copyright the presentation is made available as a read only powerpoint or as a PDF (TES login required)
Sandra Miller (PT) describes how the project to symbolise schools in Fife was implemented. (8min)
SEE ALSO VIDEOS BELOW FOR PRACTICAL EXAMPLES OF SYMBOLS/VISUAL SUPPORTS
These Shared Resources are included as examples of what has been developed in particular settings to provide information for staff, including supply and non teaching staff.. They may have to be adapted to meet needs in other contexts.
We hope they give you ideas and inspiration to develop ones to suit your own school or pupil.
ASDIN Toolkit - booklet for staff identifying key elements of support for pupils with autism, Dumfries and Galloway
A school with 2 pupils on the spectrum in a P5 class developed the idea of an individualised work station by creating an “ofﬁce” area within the class. This space was available to all pupils who recognised that they needed a quieter space in which to work. The ofﬁce was deliberately designed to give the feeling of a “grown up” space using real life ofﬁce equipment. Pupils were also given the option to wear headphones and listen to music if they wished. Very quickly this resource became a normal, accepted part of the classrooom.
Symbols in Early Years: powerpoint presentation from Sandra Miller, Fife
Fife Bronze Award including:
- Labelling the Environment
- Classroom labels and organisation
- Visual timetables