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CLASSROOM ENVIRONMENT

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 

Symbols in Early Years: powerpoint presentation from Sandra Miller, Fife

Environmental Checklist
COMPONENT TASK           
Are there three clearly 
delineated areas in classrooms 
for specific activities (ICT, group 
work, independent work)  
                                                      
Is there a ‘Quiet Room’ for 
pupils who require time alone 
during times of stress?
 
Is all clutter stored out of sight 
in designated storage areas?
 
Do learning areas have clearly 
designated and well organised 
and attractive display areas?
 
Is there a calm and peaceful 
environment throughout the 
ASD resource?
 
Do external windows provide 
adequate lighting but sufficient 
privacy?
 
Creating a focused work area within a mainstream class

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.