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Identifying the needs of individual pupils on the autism spectrum: 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 methods for assessing the needs of individuals on the autism spectrum. It looks at the importance of building a profile of a pupil and the various sources of information you can draw on in doing this.

Inclusion Development Programme:  materials aimed to support teachers, teaching assistants & trainee teachers to increase their knowledge and skills,  originally created as an interactive DVD tool. The ‘Exit’ links therefore do not work. There are 2 programmes, one for EARLY YEARS and one for PRIMARY AND SECONDARY. For Staff development and support to develop Pupil Profiles go to

EARLY YEARSClick on MENU,  'A Unique Child' has case studies, videos and further reading about early signs of autism

PRIMARY AND SECONDARY: Click on MENU, Unit 6  'Know the child' has case studies, videos and further reading around the development of an Individual Profile

The Autism Education Trust (AET) has developed a Professional Competency Framework with funding from the Department for Education in England, to describe the knowledge, understanding and skills that staff working in schools and other educational settings require to work effectively with pupils on the autism spectrum. The competencies are divided into 4 main topic areas.  The first considers The Individual Pupil (how to understand and address their strengths and needs. There are resources, including audio and video links, which illustrate the competency.


Personal Communication Passports (Click for more information)

Personal Communication Passports are a practical and person-centred way of supporting children, young people and adults who cannot easily speak for themselves. Passports are a way of pulling complex information together and presenting it in an easy-to-follow format. Passports aim to:

  • Present the person positively as an individual, not as a set of 'problems' or disabilities;
  • Provide a place for the person's own views and preferences to be recorded and drawn to the attention of others
  • Reflect the person's unique character, sense of humour etc.;
  • Describe the person's most effective means of communication and how others can best communicate with, and support the person;
  • Draw together information from past and present, and from different contexts, to help staff and conversation partners understand the               person and have successful interactions;
  • Place equal value on the views of all who know the person well, as well as the views of the specialist professionals.

Sally Millar (CALL Scotland):   Personal Communication Passports, the dedicated CALL mini-site, for more information about Passports ('Creating / Making Passports' for Templates)


My World Triangle (GIRFEC)  Use the My World Triangle (and where appropriate, specialist assessments) to gather further information about the needs of the child or young person

Information, training advice and examples of One-page profiles and personalising learning  from Real Life Options 

Cumine V, Dunlop J, Stevenson G:  Autism  in the early years:A practical Guide (2nd Edition, 2009) provides an Early Years observation profile 

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