UNDERSTANDING & SUPPORTING AUTISTIC STUDENTS IN SPECIALISED SCHOOLS
By Paul Isaacs
Key Themes: Mental Health, Mental Illness, Education, Autism,
Paul Isaacs was diagnosed with Autism in 2010 and Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome in 2012. He currently works as an Autism speaker, trainer and consultant for Autism Oxford along with an Autism team.
He started working for Autism Oxford in 2009 and is a prominent speaker in and around the UK. This book is for staff of specialist schools and specialist educational bases for students on the Autistic spectrum.
It covers many topics around Autism and the environment of schools and bases with tips and advice on what is going on behind the behaviours. It promotes positive understanding, inclusion and being free to be happy and enabled in a positive learning environment.
Autism & Employment
Employment can be very difficult for people on the spectrum. This can be to do with many factors of work such as sensory issues, communication issues and understanding what the staff want out of the person with Autism in terms of work productivity for example.
Remember that work and achievement are important for people on the spectrum and the students will need a lot of specific support from staff and also the people within the workplace. Here are some ways to help the students achieve this.
• What would they like to do? Give them options remember “bottom up” thinking (T.Grandin) and giving the students clear concepts
• Assisting them with understanding application forms and information sharing. The students may need assistance with filling out these forms from a staff member. This will take time to do because of processing receptive and expressive language
I believe that everyone on the Autistic spectrum deserves the chance to have a job. Interviews should also be person centred with help from the staff. Sensory considerations and information processing should be taken into account.