How to Help Autistic Individuals in Understanding and Navigating the World

Monotropism is an atypical thinking strategy suggested to be the central underlying feature of autism. A monotropic thinker focusses their attention on a small number of interests at any time, tending to miss things outside of this attention zone ( like the difference between a panoramic camera lens and a zoom lens). When living or […]

Good Practice Early Years to Primary Transition for Autistic Children.

Tips from experience and good practice! As Early Years/Early Primary practitioners we need to be empathic, flexible, proactive and very creative! The child ultimately comes first but it is important to be holistic and consider the team around the child. Have meetings with parents and visit the child in the pre-school setting to get to […]

There are times when my autism creates a barrier to my learning ….

Some good advice for professionals and parents when trying to remove some of the barriers to participation and learning …. There are times when my autism creates a barrier to my learning. When I find things really difficult I can appear defiant and sometimes rude-but I don’t mean to. I need time to process what you’ve said before I can reply to your question. I need time to process my thoughts and transfer them to words. I need to organise my thoughts visually before I can write them down. I understand explicit and direct instructions at my level of understanding but can be confused by inferred or unclear demands.  I understand better when work is presented in short sections or chunks with time to complete before moving on to the next stage. Check I have understood the task by asking me to explain my thinking and what I am doing. Encourage me to explain the bits I do understand when I have hit a problem. Reinterpret the task or use a different approach if I continue to struggle with it. Sometimes I get so anxious about things that I need time to “chill”. When I return from some time out I work better when teachers show they understand my worries and use a supportive approach. Author Unknown