By Lynn Plimley
This source is helping educators help scholars with autistic spectrum problems once they input secondary college, together with educating social talents, getting ready IEPs, and constructing paintings experience.
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Any programme of study will of course need to be based on individual needs and abilities and should still provide opportunities to address individual priorities. qxd 4/6/2006 24 9:06 AM Page 24 AUTISTIC SPECTRUM DISORDERS IN THE SECONDAR Y SCHOOL In addition there are many opportunities for wider accreditation such as Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, ASDAN, which may allow pupils with ASD to gain credit for their specific interests. Other credit award schemes such as AQA Units of Accreditation and Open College Network provide flexibility to accredit wider learning and also the learning of pupils working below level 1 of NC.
Another reason to hang onto clothes they have grown out of is a fear of growing bigger and becoming an adult. This will need sensitive handling by school and parents to convey the appropriate information about body changes and growth spurts. Olfactory and gustatory Taste/smell predominance People with ASD may have developed some strong preferences for food types, often focusing on foods with distinctive tastes (like Marmite and curries) or particular textures (crispy, smooth, chewy, crunchy). Within these preferences there may also exist some rigid rituals like only eating one food with another.
Planning the pr ogramme Lee (2003) points out that transition from school to work can be particularly challenging for individuals with ASD because of their poor communication skills and social behaviour. He says that stress levels can be heightened by having to face new situations, routines, settings and meeting a range of staff. He warns that this might result in an individual with ASD becoming withdrawn and such behaviour could be misinterpreted as aloofness or rudeness by other members of staff who might then increasingly choose to ignore the individual.