Monday, 15 July 2013

Talking about Autism

Coming to the end of my time at Thornleigh Salesian College has prompted me to look back on life over the past few years as a SENCo and teacher in a large, inclusive secondary school. With Y6 / Y7 transition underway, I am also naturally inclined to reflect on the possible experiences - the potential opportunities, the potential difficulties - that lie ahead for some of our incoming students with additional needs. I am also, at this point particularly so, tuned in to the experiences of parents who quite understandably have anxiety, as well as hope, regarding this milestone in their child's life.

In turn, I've written a short article for the Talk About Autism website on the experiences of secondary students with higher-functioning autism - 'Life at my secondary school for a student with autism'. This is very much a 'write-up' on patterns I've observed and issues I've worked with over the past few years. I hasten to add the disclaimer that it is obviously not wholly reflective of all experiences - but I do hope it provides some insight, particularly for those parents of Y6 students with higher-functioning autism who are about to take the step into 'big school'.

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