Autistic people may be at higher risk of being abused than other people. It can also be more difficult to detect they are being abused. This may be because autistic people can have limited speech, struggle to communicate and find it difficult to identify their emotions. They may also demonstrate that they are being abused by a change in behaviour. Information on resources that may help.
Gill Dixon is an ex nurse, teacher, Author and Mother of two sons with Dyspraxia/DCD. She is also a Trustee of the Dyspraxia Foundation. here she looks at what dyspraxia/DCD is (and isn't) in an accessible, informative way and focuses on the positives. She also emphasises the need for empathy.
Sarah-Jane Critchley is Programme Head at the Autism Education Trust, an organisation that aims to improve the education of autistic children and young people. Here she explores when and how to support a young person in deciding whether to disclose their autism diagnosis at school or college.
A comprehensive introduction to dyspraxia with quick and easy e- links to relevant information on the Dyspraxia Foundation website. The book covers, diagnosis, what dyspraxia is and isn't, its impact, movement difficulties, family issues, visual learning difficulties,support strategies and more. It features a unique and extremely valuable chapter on visual learning Difficulties. Only available as an E book.
This is a list of the 240+ individual scales used within the unique Pupil Aspire application for capturing the pupil voice in a structured way. Designed to be used with the free or paid for versions of the tool, these scales can also be used independently to structure a conversation with a young person within a particular focus area (following the areas defined in the SEND CoP). For details on how to use these scales download the Pupil Aspire Session guide or refer to the Pupil Aspire website.
This is a free version of the Pupil Aspire tool for capturing the pupil and family voice as part of a structured conversation. Designed to support schools to identify appropriate interventions by focusing on the positive aspirations of the young person themselves.
This version is totally free and requires no sign up or registration; it produces a downloadable report of the session and can support schools in demonstrating that they have fully considered pupil views in line with the SEND CoP.
Charlton Park Academy has fully adopted the unique multimedia advocacy approach developed by RIX Research & Media and uses RIX Wikis for all its pupils. This year's Ofsted Residential Inspection Report highlights how the school is exceeding expectations through putting in place very effective person centred planning with RIX Wikis.
Around ten Local Authorities and over 100 schools and organisations in the UK, EU, US and Australia are now using RIX Wikis to embed person-centred approaches.
Anxiety is a common and recurring theme amongst people with dyspraxia – a Dyspraxia Foundation survey in 2014 found that 40% of people with dyspraxia aged 13-19 years felt anxious ‘all the time’. Anxiety is the term we use to describe feelings of unease, fear or worry. It is a normal response to a frightening or unknown situation such as attending a job interview or preparing for exams. Feelings of anxiety can range from feeling slightly nervous to something completely debilitating unless it is