Autism Support Service

Stevenage Education Trust has teamed up with Tune into ASD to provide an Autism Support service to Stevenage schools and families.

Our aim:

To provide an Autism Support service to schools (Key stage 1-4) and families of children diagnosed with Autism who attend mainstream schools.

We will:

  • Support schools and families to overcome barriers and challenges which may exist, so all children can thrive and reach their full potential and have a whole school impact.
  • Provide short term practical support, guidance, resources, and interventions specifically tailored to meet the needs of the school community and the families.
  • Deliver bespoke Autism awareness workshops and provide other services to each setting once the training has been accessed.

We understand that there are many children and young people who do not present in a way which will meet the criteria of other local services, so our aim is to support you here.

For more information, please contact Jessica Kuffour our lead Autism Support Service Practitioner on: 07808 613 202 or email j.kuffour@barnwell.herts.sch.uk

 

Frequently asked questions:

 

Where would I find information on extra-curricular activities and short breaks for parents of children with Autism in Stevenage?

The Hertfordshire Local Offer lets parents and young people know what special educational needs and disabilities services are available in Hertfordshire and who can access them.

 

What are the best ways to create social stories, are there useful templates online?

From our experience, some of the most effective social stories are ones which have been created with the child/young person. Where possible capture their words, use their drawings, or images they have selected or can identify with.

 

What does the term masking mean?

Masking also known as camouflaging are words to describe something seen in many children with Autism – when they learn, practice, and perform certain behaviours and suppress others in order to be more like the people around them and fit in socially. This can be a common situation for children in schools, where they suppress certain behaviours, learn social norms, conform to their surroundings but at home other behaviours are presented.

 

What is stimming and how does it help people on the Autistic Spectrum?

Stimming or self-stimulating could involve repetitive movements of body parts like arm or hand flapping, head banging, rocking, jumping, spinning, finger-flicking or other complex body movements. It may also include repetitive movements of an object such as twirling a piece of string, flicking a rubber, shaking a straw or any repetitive activities involving other senses.

Stimming can help someone stay regulated, focus on a task, cope with stress, handle stimuli and express emotions and create enjoyment.

It is important to understand that even within the Autistic spectrum everyone is unique, so some people will not have the need to stim, and others may have various ways that suit them.

 

 

 

 

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