Autism Assessments for Education By Expert Psychologists In London and Throughout the UK
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How Do I Obtain Additional Support for An Autistic Student?
Our expert psychologists work with parents to produce comprehensive reports so that their children can access additional help and support at school. Sometimes our Autism Assessment Reports are enough to ensure that additional support is in place so that students with autism are not disadvantaged in the classroom. Psychologists encourage parents to work with the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO). We have also supported parents who have used our Autism Assessment Reports to ensure that the necessary support for their child is formalised in an Education Health and Care Plan, this used to be referred to as (a Statement of Special Educational Needs).
When parents are unable to gain enough support for their child with autism spectrum disorder, it may be necessary for our expert psychologists to support children and their parents through the First Tier (Tribunal Special Educational Needs and Disability).
Because children with autism often display challenging behaviour, it is essential to get a diagnosis of ASD as soon as possible, as this will alert the school to the student’s needs. Unfortunately, children without a diagnosis of autism are sometimes excluded on a fixed term or permanent basis because of the challenging behaviour often seen in the form of autistic meltdowns in school.
Additional support for the student with autism is often beneficial; this can come in the form of one-to-one support from support teachers who have skills with working with children who have autism spectrum disorder.
Assessment of Autism for Education
In school, teachers should use specific strategies when engaging with people who have autism such as clear teaching structure and daily routine, unambiguous classroom language, clear explanation of the rules and regulations and sharing the intended purpose of all assessments. Assessments are vital in order to further inclusion of autistic students; however, it can also be a hurdle in the process. Reports highlight the gap in progress between SEN students and their peers. Schools must provide suitable accommodation for pupils when taking formal assessments
What Strategies Do Your Expert Psychologists Recommend for Students with ASD?
Our expert psychologists recommend a range of strategies to support learners with ASD in school and higher education.
Access Arrangements for Autistic Students for Examinations
Our psychologists advise on strategies leading up to the examination, which helps students manage the anxiety and deal with the change of routines which examinations often bring for students with ASD. For example, because individuals with autism often take things literally, it is helpful for tutors and teachers to help pupils with autistic spectrum disorder understand how to answer questions and clarify exam questions. Typically, our expert psychologists advise students with autism should take exams in small rooms which do not have distractions because students with ASD are often very sensitive to the distractions of large and imposing examination halls and the noises and smells associated with them.
Another access arrangement that our expert psychologists often recommend is that the invigilator or teacher acts as a prompt during examinations.Because individuals with ASD frequently have fine motor difficulties and co-occurring conditions such as dyspraxia (developmental coordination disorder) our expert psychologists often carry out separate dyspraxia assessments and make recommendations for access arrangements (reasonable adjustments) for this condition. This usually includes providing extra time or a scribe because their handwriting is very slow and difficult to read. Some students may benefit from a computer; providing their typing speed is sufficiently fast.
Students in higher education are expert psychologists often recommend specialist study support and learning mentors.
Manage Anxiety of Autistic Students in the Classroom
As autistic students frequently have high levels of stress and anxiety, often in educational environments, it is essential to try to reduce anxiety in school. Where a learner with autism displays hostile or aggressive behaviour, it is critical that educators realise that this is the manifestation of stress and anxiety. It can often be helpful to ask students to get themselves mentally ready for new situations by writing or tape-recording social stories. Strategies which use sensory activities and cognitive behavioural approaches are often beneficial in reducing student anxiety and to help them manage their emotions.
Provide a Clear Framework for The Autistic Student
Individuals with autism like a clear framework and structure. They appreciate timetables and a clear plan of how the day will progress. This helps with their need for structure and routine.
Autistic Students Work Better in Pairs
Students with autism prefer to work in pairs; this helps them develop friendships and socialisation skills. It also helps to build their communication and to become better integrated into the classroom.
What Extra Support is Available for Children Autism and Education?
What extra support is there for children with autism in the education system?
It is crucial to be aware of the available education choices on offer. Ultimately the decision of whether to place an autistic child in mainstream schooling, a special school, or for their child to receive homeschooling, falls in the responsibility of the parent. Every parent should be aware of the special education needs (SEN) available to their children for extra support so that they can engage and learn with material set for their level. For more information on SEN, please click this link To find out more about autism within the education system please click this link
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