Sunday, 29 August 2010

Transitions: hard for us all but worse if you have ASD

As our children look forwards to heading back to school, many of them are facing transitions. May be they're starting school, maybe they're moving to secondary school or just to a new Teacher. It is stressful for all children but imagine what its like for a child with ASD.
The latest ASD information bulletin from the Options Group came through today. They are always worth reading.The latest article by Geoff Evans, Head of Quality Improvement at Options Group is about transitions. When he interviewed parents and professionals about their concerns about behaviour they all reported that transition was a real problem. This could be at the finish of an activity or at the start  of a new one in class, at home it could be moving from one part of the house to another. So imagine what it's like for bigger transitions such as moving class, moving school etc.
He urges that we look at the problem from the child's point of view and offers a check-list to make sure we're understanding the difficulty and doing our best to help. It's an interesting article and there's a catelogue of previous articles you can access, all about ASD and all from a practical, very experienced standpoint.

If you know anyone who would like to receive autism information  from the Options Group, e-mail stating 'opt in' as the subject.

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