Autism is about uniqueness and individuality. Learners on the spectrum are more individual than non-autistic ones – that’s part of their autism. Being unlike the usual or typical is what autistic learners often do exceptionally well! Knowing how a learner’s autism ‘works’ and how it affects development, learning, and engagement is critical knowledge for all teachers and school staff.
In this session, Chris and Richard will explore how the ‘uniqueness’ of autism challenges practitioners to individualise and adapt environments and their teaching for specific pupils. They look at the contribution of assessment to understanding a learner’s unique style of autism and introduce tools to develop person-centred thinking and support.