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What do I need to do?

Discussion in 'Primary' started by alwayslearning, Jul 16, 2015.

  1. alwayslearning

    alwayslearning New commenter


    Our SENCO has been off ill since Easter . I have a girl who had a diagnoses of Autism 5 weeks ago and is a nightmare in class demanding my attention, shouting at others then sobbing. I have a meeting with her parents next week but don't know if I'm meant to do anything.
  2. Wotton

    Wotton Lead commenter

    Of course you are you are her class teacher. The senco is there to advise you. Speak to your HT. Have you contacted advisory teachers in your LA. Your LA may even have autism outreach or a sen specialist. You should be able to find such information on the LA web site.

    Ask her parents what works at home.

    Use a visual timetable.

    What age?
  3. alwayslearning

    alwayslearning New commenter


    She is 9. I have spoken to the HT and she's not given me any advice, infact she thinks the girls is attention seeking
  4. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Of course the girl is attention seeking. She's trying desperately to make sense of her world/ school/ friends etc and wants to shout 'Someone help me!'

    What sort of level Aspergers? (generally high-functioning) or other- may not be high-functioing but may be.
  5. Wotton

    Wotton Lead commenter

    How long has the child been in school, is she new? If not strategies should have been put in place no one should wait for a "label".

    Check out advice on the NAS web site.
  6. alwayslearning

    alwayslearning New commenter

    Thanks for your help.

    She has been with us since reception. Her mum showed me an EP report from class 1, but the class 2 teacher said the girl was fine so she was taken off the register. To be honest all this has come from the second EP that the parents commissioned in year 3. The report recommended an ADHD assessment which she has been diagnosed and an Autistic assessment that has been confirmed. To be honest she is lovely, but sooooo demanding and takes up all my time.
  7. alwayslearning

    alwayslearning New commenter

    Hiya she is high level aspergers
  8. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    High functioning Aspergers can be quite lovely, depending on how good a relationship ypi strike,but yes very demanding.

    In your meeting talk to the parents about strategies which they use and find successful. What is her particular 'obsession' ,they nearly always have one.

    How 'socially aware is she? Some are desperate to be 'part of the crowd' they will function despite difficulties, others will be completely unaware of their own behaviour on others.
  9. Wotton

    Wotton Lead commenter

    There are lots of things you can do which are fairly general and will help but there will also be things which are specific to her.

    You need to "see into the future", anticipating what may happen with changes to routine and the school day.Always give her instructions using her name so she knows it applies to her as well as everyone else in the class.

    Keep language simple and don't give too much information at once.

    I know how difficult it can be as I have a daughter with aspergers.
  10. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Lots of good advice from Wotton. Particularly the importance of simple unambigous instructions. They will take almost everything quite literally.
  11. alwayslearning

    alwayslearning New commenter

    Thank you so much. Her mum mentioned a school focus plan? Do I need to do one? Actually is there anything formal that we need to do?
  12. alwayslearning

    alwayslearning New commenter

    She is desperate to have friends, but over powers them and controls the games, which annoys the others. Also if things don't go her way she shouts at them, saying horrible things.

    They have had enough now....
  13. Wotton

    Wotton Lead commenter

    Sounds very familiar. You could look at a circle of friends, social stories. Write a pupil profile, lots of examples out there. Do you still have IEPs or something to replace them. (Is that your school focus plan).

    You may find Tony Attwood's book Aspergers and Girls worth reading. Tony is one of the world leaders on ASD. He also has a good web site with lots of information.Social Stories books by Carol Gray are also worth looking at.
  14. alwayslearning

    alwayslearning New commenter

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