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Autism: 47 small ideas that make a big difference

It is often small tweaks that can make a huge difference for our learners with autism. Dr Pooky Knightsmith offers 47 small things that have worked for the SENCOs, teachers and inclusion professionals in her networks
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When it comes to enabling our pupils to attend and engage with school, sometimes small changes can make a huge difference. With this in mind, I asked my networks on X (Twitter) and Facebook to share the small adjustments they have made for their autistic learners that have been highly impactful.

The responses were so varied and helpful – not to mention easy to pinch and apply! – that I thought they would be worth sharing with the readers of SecEd.


Communication and planning

Lots of the ideas were about communication and planning. Autistic learners benefit from clear, unambiguous communication with time to process. Many will struggle with organisation, planning and following through on tasks so a little extra support here can go a long way.

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