A transdisciplinary approach is needed to address the full range of needs of those with autism and early diagnosis and intervention is crucial.
Autism spectrum condition or ASC is a neurodevelopmental condition that impacts the developing brain and affects various areas including behavioural, psychological, social, communicative and, occasionally, physical. A transdisciplinary approach is needed to address the full range of needs of those with autism and early diagnosis and intervention is crucial.
Autism is characterized by qualitative impairments in social communication, social interaction and social imagination with a restricted range of interests and, often, repetitive behaviours and mannerisms. Sensory hypo- and hyper-sensitivities to the environment are common in students with autism.
The below areas are affected in children with autism and can impact on their emotional understanding and presentation, independence and community participation, learning abilities, social success and overall sense of belonging.
- Social Communication
- Expressive communication
- Listening and understanding
- Social Interaction
- Being with others
- Positive relationships (adults)
- Developing and maintaining positive relationships and friendships (peers)
- Group activities
- Social Imagination & Flexibility
- Coping with change
- Special Interests
- Problem solving and thinking skills
- Restricted and repetitive patterns of behaviour, interests or activities (e.g. speech, motor movements, use of objects, intense interests in topics)
- Sensory Processing
- Understanding and expressing own sensory needs
- Over or under sensitive to temperature/sounds/textures/visual patterns/pain
- Tolerance of sensory input
- Managing own sensory needs
Our school has been architecturally designed to offer both outdoor and indoor learning facilities and therapeutic environments which are specially designed for our students’ unique needs.
Individuals with Autism require regular movement and sensory breaks, so we have curated multiple sensory rooms, sensory circuits, sensory paths and therapeutic workrooms.
Our playgrounds have also been carefully designed and arranged throughout the school so that movement breaks are easily accessible and never overcrowded.
Strategies & Approaches
We have implemented a number of learning intentions to support our students and help them thrive both personally and academically. We are passionate about helping them unleash their individual strengths and areas of interest. Our aim is to instill a sense of pride in our students and ensure their needs and views are at the centre of our decision making.
Books to learn more about Autism
The Autistic Brain Paperback - Author: Temple Grandin
The Reason I Jump: one boy's voice from the silence of autism – Author : Naoki Higashida
Thinking in Pictures – Author: Temple Grandin