I'm an ASN teacher and, although I've been teaching in mainstream secondary for many years, I'm really new to ASN and am looking for some advice. I'm currently working with a 14-year old boy who has an ASC diagnosis. Most of his classes are mainstream and he also has some in our ASN base. He's supported in all classes either by myself or a TA. Since october, we've all noticed that he seems to cower away from any staff member - like he's petrified of being touched. It makes it quite difficult to work with him - he doesn't sit on his chair properly (perches on the side furthest from staff), his writing is deteriorating because he doesn't hold his pencil properly etc. We all reinforce that we are not going to touch/ hurt him but it's increasingly more obvious. I've spoken to him about it and his response is to question why it bothers us so much (I've explained that it makes it more difficult for us to work with him). He is slightly better when we sit across from him, rather than next to him but this isn't always possible. I was wondering if anyone has any advice on how to make things easier for him. I've read about encroaching into personal space but I can't find anything about the opposite. Thanks in advance.