Effective Learning Support - Supporting Learners with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

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Creating the conditions for pupils with ASD to thrive in the classroom

About this module:

In this module we will consider how Autism Spectrum Disorder can impact on pupil learning and emotional well-being. We will consider how we can identify pupils with ASD, key barriers to learning and how classroom practitioners, both teachers and teaching assistants, are best placed to ensure pupils are supported to achieve their full potential.

The sessions will include a range of practical strategies that can be adopted across the curriculum and with different pupils at different Key Stages to promote learning and inclusion.

You will be invited to reflect and refine your own practice both between and beyond the two sessions.

The module is appropriate for teachers and teaching assistants across all phases.

Session One: Difficulties faced by pupils with ASD will explore:

  • What do we mean by ASD?
  • What key indicators we can use to identify pupils with ASD / social communication difficulties.
  • The barriers that children with ASD face within the mainstream classroom.
  • The short and long-term impact of ASD.

Session Two: Practical strategies for support within the classroom will explore:

  • Examples of good practice from a range of settings, curriculum areas and phases.
  • Developing an ASD friendly classroom.
  • Specific strategies which can be adopted in all settings.
What you will learn:
  • What to look for when identifying pupils with social communication difficulties.
  • Understand the implications on learning.
  • Understand the links between ASC and emotional well-being.
  • Learn practical strategies that you can adopt within the classroom.
  • Explore your own practise and how to make improvements.