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Barnes Farm Infant School

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Supporting Children with Autism and Social Communication Difficulties

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  • Children with Autism need structure and routine. You can help them by using visual timetables (sent home in Home Learning Pack) to help them see what is happening at each step of the day, so they know in advance what they will be doing next. This will relieve some of their anxiety.

  • You might want to set a specific place for them to do any work or tasks. At school they may have this in the form of a workstation to support their learning (see example in resources section). Each child’s workstation may differ slightly, so you could ask your child to help you set one up that will suit them or that they are already used to.

  • Prepare them for changes in routine.

  • Help your children to recognise and name different emotions and feelings. You can do this by discussing their own emotions, how characters in books and on TV programmes might be feeling and how you yourselves might be feeling. Alongside naming the emotion, describe it and explain why you, they or fictional characters might be feeling like that. You can also play role play guessing games and ask them to name the emotion and say why.

  • Use the Zones of Regulation to support your child in managing their emotions.

  • Use social stories and comic strip cartoons to help children understand different situations and perspectives and address inappropriate behaviour (if you require help with this, please contact the Wellbeing Phone number.

  • Be aware of your child’s sensory needs and support them in managing that need to help them learn e.g. sound reducing earphones if noise is a problem, comfortable clothes, keep the area surrounding the work space clear to avoid over-stimulation etc.

  • Play lots of games with your child to encourage social skills, such as taking turns and winning and losing.



Social skills games:

Example of how a workstation works: