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WHAT DO YOU THINK AUTISM IS?  What do you think is the most common sign of autism?  Do you tend to stereotype people with autism?  Can autistic students go on to be independent?  What kind of issues with autistic students have you faced in the past?  How do you think this could be improved?

WHAT IS AUTISM?  Autism affects everyone differently  People with autism interpret the world differently  It’s not uncommon for autism to go undiagnosed  We want to use our experiences to show teachers how people with autism can be supported at school

RECOGNISING SIGNS OF AUTISM IN A STUDENT  Some students find it hard to concentrate  Some students get into fights  Students may seem isolated  Students may find it hard to make friends  For more help on recognising signs of autism, visit:

ADAPTING TEACHING FOR AUTISTIC STUDENTS  Autism can cause pupils problems at school

 You can make life easier for autistic students by adapting your teaching  Quiet classrooms  One to one help when needed  Get to know your pupils and how they learn  Keep your body language clear

 Have regular meetings with the parents of autistic students

MAKING SCHOOL FEEL SAFE  Make a safe space at school

 Have a support group within the school for pupils with Autism.  “Being around other people that understand works really well”  Manage bullying

 Educate other students about autism  Encourage students to report bullying

PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER SCHOOL  It’s important to help pupils prepare for leaving school and starting work  Encourage students to do work experience  There are many employers which are supportive of those with autism  For more information visit

PERSONAL STORIES ‘‘I was always picked last for teams’’ ‘‘I got more detentions that I can remember’’ ‘‘At college I had a support worker that was really good at keeping the other students away in class’’

‘‘She’d sit with me somewhere quiet and help me get my words down on paper’’

‘‘Year 10 was completely wiped from my mind’’

Understanding Autism Presentation