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loosinas Mon 27-Jun-11 20:41:26

have just got a job working one on one with a child with asd.

am looking into different ways to help him and realise no two children are ever the same but can anyone helo me at all with how i can best support him?

would be really thankful x

yogabonkers Mon 27-Jun-11 20:56:17

read some books written by parents. A REAL BOY. and A FRIEND CALLED HENRY.
another good one written by TEMPLE GRANDIN a woman with autism, THINKING IN PICTURES.

listen to the parents. they are the experts on their children.

lisad123 Mon 27-Jun-11 21:31:27

Can you be a bit more clear about what you want to help him with.

EllenJaneisnotmyname Mon 27-Jun-11 21:45:54

I also work as a TA with a boy with ASD and my DS2 has (very different) ASD. I'll help as much as I can if you could be more specific.

loosinas Mon 27-Jun-11 21:55:16

well just wondering what things have helped... visual timetables? social stories? just any advice really... ways to communicate to make things clearer.. just anything ? thanks !

Goblinchild Mon 27-Jun-11 21:56:59

First thing is to have a meeting with his parents and get their advice. They may well know best what works and what doesn't with him.

EllenJaneisnotmyname Mon 27-Jun-11 22:01:43

Ok, how old is he? Is he high functioning? How is he cognitively? What is his communication like? Is he verbal? Does he socialise at all? What are his sensory issues? Have you, or anyone else done a sensory survey? Can't really generalise without more information.

loosinas Mon 27-Jun-11 22:10:04

hes year 2, high functioning yes, lots of echolalia but can communicate pretty well at times. cognitively not too great due in part to very little focus so might be helped by having one on one to keep him on task hopefully ? dont know every detail as yet.. he socialises very little as he spends a lot of time "being" various animals and the other children dont respond well to this :/

EllenJaneisnotmyname Mon 27-Jun-11 22:50:09

Firstly, get a meeting set up with his parents. They are the experts!

Does the whole class use a visual timetable? If so, that may be good enough, or it may help to have his own personal copy, maybe broken down into smaller segments. He may need every part if the day specified, toilet, wash hands, milk time on carpet, line up, playtime, etc. More detailed than the whole class timetable, perhaps. Have it on a velcro strip, take off the activity once it's complete.

If there are any times when behaviour is challenging, you need to find out the underlying cause. Sensory questionnaire to find out what might trigger meltdowns, inappropriate behaviour. Is he hypersensitive to sound, lights, smells etc.

ABC analysis is useful, antecedent (what happened immediately before incident, behaviour, what actually happened without adding an emotional response, consequence, what happened to him as a consequence. Helps you to understand how to avoid the situation, how to anticipate the triggers and how to avoid actually rewarding him for inappropriate behaviour. (if the consequence is time out, he may be seeking time out.)

If his communication isn't great, make sure you say his name and get his attention before giving him an instruction. Use very simple language. Allow time for processing. If he doesn't understand, don't rephrase too quickly. Give him time to process and respond. If you keep rephrasing, he'll have to start from scratch each time.

Keep instructions basic, one at a time, until you find out how many he can take in one go. Often only 1 or 2 part instructions at a time. Let him finish before going on to the next.

Find out what rocks his boat, what can you use to reward acceptable behaviour, stickers of dinosaurs? Thomas the tank engine?

Get some training if you can. Widget (communicate in print) is good for symbols for timetable etc. Social stories training would also be useful.

Ask more as you think of things. smile

EllenJaneisnotmyname Mon 27-Jun-11 22:54:46

Also, would his parents be happy for the class to have some ASD awareness training? Helped my DS immeasurably. The class went from thinking hecwas naughty to being really tolerant and protective. ASD outreach or advisory teachers may offer this.

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