Successful School Change and Transition for the Child with Asperger Syndrome: A Guide for Parents

Successful School Change and Transition for the Child with Asperger Syndrome: A Guide for Parents

by Clare Lawrence

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ISBN-13: 9781849050524
Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
Publication date: 01/15/2010
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.20(d)

About the Author

Clare Lawrence is a teacher, autism worker, school governor and mother of two children, one of whom has Asperger syndrome. A graduate of Oxford, York, Northumbria, Sheffield Hallam and Birmingham universities, Clare holds a university certificate in autistic spectrum disorders and a post-graduate certificate in Asperger syndrome. For the last six years, she has been working closely with schools and exploring practical solutions on how to make education more accessible for children with Asperger syndrome. Clare is the author of How to Make School Make Sense, also published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Table of Contents

Foreword 9

Introduction 13

Chapter 1 Planning the Move 19

1.1 Identifying the problem 19

1.2 Planning ahead - the '2-year plan' 24

1.3 Choosing the new school 26

1.4 Involving wider autism professionals 30

1.5 Preparing your child 31

Chapter 2 Before Moving On 35

2.1 Collecting your data. What has worked up to now? 35

2.2 Sharing information about your child 40

2.3 Visiting the new school 44

2.4 Collecting support materials 47

2.5 Identifying a named adult and 'safe haven' 49

2.6 Identifying sensory difficulties and 'flagging them up' to the new school 52

2.7 Identifying useful technologies 54

2.8 Identifying key skills to be developed (and habits to be broken) and working them into the transition plan 57

2.9 Encouraging the 'named adult' to visit the current school 61

2.10 Working out a 'transition time-line' with clear identification of responsibilities for all involved 66

2.11 Dealing with rumours 68

2.12 Adapting current strategies that work for supporting transition 72

2.13 Utilizing existing AS community of the school 73

2.14 Familiarizing your child with the school, and with the concept of the school 76

Chapter 3 The Holidays 79

3.1 Looking at strategies to minimize distress at leaving the old school 79

3.2 Providing preparation and support during the holiday period 82

3.3 Addressing practical issues 84

3.4 Taking on a project 89

3.5 Identifying and practising the different social 'rules' and expectations of the new school 91

Chapter 4 The First Days 95

4.1 Considering a flexi-start 95

4.2 Using support 98

4.3 Checking his needs have been understood 100

4.4 Providing practical and organizational support 105

4.5 Monitoring and supporting homework 109

4.6 Helping with management of workload 112

4.7 Facilitating communication 115

4.8 Ensuring that the 'simple' supports are in place (and remain so) 119

4.9 Accessing transition support from 'Asperger community' of school 123

4.10 Evaluating the first days 125

Chapter 5 Into the Future 129

Appendix: Transition Check-list 143

Further Reading 155

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