It’s Autism Awareness Week 29th March – 5th April 2021 and at Autism Education Trust, we have gathered our resources for practitioners and parents to support educational recovery after lockdown. Please share all this with your networks and help someone support an autistic child or young people during these difficult times.
Did you know:
Over 1 in 100 people are on the autism spectrum, and the number of children receiving an autism diagnosis is rising.
Whether a child is home-schooled or they attend a SEN or mainstream setting, lockdown has caused unexpected changes for us all. Usual ‘reasonable adjustments’ have not been possible. And these are necessary for autistic students for good reason.
At Autism Education Trust, we aim to equip education settings and home-schooling parents all over the UK, so that they can support children and young people from 0 – 25 in education.
- Seven in ten parents of autistic children said their child had difficulty understanding or completing school work, and around half said their child’s academic progress suffered.
- Compared to the general public, autistic people in June and July were:
- Seven times more likely to be chronically lonely.
- Six times more likely to have low life satisfaction.
So, what now?
We intend to place ourselves at the forefront of educational recovery.
Whether you are an autistic person, or you support an autistic child or young person, we have a huge range of free materials and resources to help you.
Our most popular resources for education professionals:
- A complementary collection of 6 Tools from our most popular resource – Tools for Teachers.
- Progression Framework – A comprehensive interactive assessment tool for children and young people on the autism spectrumin mainstream and specialist early years, school and post 16 settings.
- Good Autism Practice Guidance – The eight principles of good autism practice.
- Competency Framework – A self-evaluation tool that practitioners can use to rate their current practice and understanding against a set of descriptors (knowledge, skills, personal qualities).
- Autism Standards – A set of standards from the AET, to enable educational settings to evaluate your practice in addressing the needs of pupils on the autism spectrum.
Our most popular parent resources:
- The Parent Guide: Offers support and advice for a hugely important moment of your child’s life in education: choosing a new school and for those potentially difficult meetings with the SENCO and the school support team.
- Read about theExclusion service offered by the National Autistic Society (NAS).
- Advice and support for home educating.
- Back-to-School and Covid-19 Information Centre – including a Tools for Teachers Covid-19 edition booklet and a wealth of support materials from our partners across England including two detailed case studies with practical planning tools, impact assessment and sensory profiles.
The Lockdown Survey
In February 2021, we got in touch with the AET community to ask about their experiences during Lockdown. Amongst others, we heard from:
- Working parents of SEND children
- Stay at home parents of SEND children
- Educational professionals
- Parent and education professionals
You can read some of the comments, tips and inspiring guidance on our website…
Please spread help spread the word and improve education for autistic children and young people.
Autism Education Trust is a not-for-profit supported by the National Autistic Society and Ambitious about Autism, and funded by The Department of Education. The AET promotes and supports partnerships throughout the education system to improve educational access, experiences and outcomes for autistic children and young people.