Returning to School - Preparing for Change
·We have curated a list of resources below that are structured based on the recommendations made by The University of North Caroline at Chapel Hill, in their…
Last updated 13 weeks ago
Home School communication
Be Aware of Changing Behaviours
Maintain Routines and Develop New Routines
Prioritise Coping and Calming Skills
Offer Opportunities for Expression
Transition Plan, by Positive Partnerships
A transition plan (TP) is a critical document in supporting anticipated changes in a student’s environment. It focuses on gaining a shared understanding of needs by all those involved to ensure individual student requirements are met successfully. TPs can be succinct or extensive, depending on the level of forewarning and planning around change required by each individual, as this may vary greatly.
Transitions and Planning for change, by Positive Partnerships
Transitions may appear more difficult on some days or in some places due to other pressures and expectations. Each young person will cope with transitions and change in a different way. Some transitions will require more detailed planning than others. Download our information sheet below for more information about transition and change.
Tips for managing stress, by Autism Spectrum Australia
- Mental Health and COVID-19 - Be Mindful, Be Present, Be You: How to Handle Crisis Anxiety – Spectrum Women - Coping with the Uncertainty of COVID-19 – Autistica - Uncertainty, anxiety and the Coronavirus pandemic – Ambitious About Autism
Resources and online chat available (may be suitable for teenagers), by Headspace
With all that’s happening in the world with coronavirus (COVID-19), there is a lot of uncertainty. If you’re feeling overwhelmed or stressed by what you’re hearing and seeing, it’s OK to feel this way. It’s important to check in with yourself and it’s helpful to practice self-care. Using Headspace's resources below might help you during this unusual time and give you a sense of control.
Tip sheet for coping with Coronavirus anxiety, by the Australian Psychological Society
This information sheet outlines some useful strategies which can help both adults and children cope with the stress or anxiety experienced as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.
Resources for girls to support peer relationships, by Yellow Ladybugs
A comprehensive guide to greater visibility, better understanding and improving support for autistic girls by Yellow Ladybugs together with the Department of Education & Training Victoria, in collaboration with autistic females, parents, teachers, allied health professionals and academic researchers.
Playground Strategies tip sheet, by Amaze
For students on the autism spectrum, the playground can be a confusing and frightening place. Without the structure and routine of the classroom, students can feel stressed and anxious. The strategies by Amaze might help autistic students to transition smoothly to the playground.
Strategies for fostering peer relationships for young people with autism, by All Play Learn
AllPlay Learn helps to create inclusive education environments for children and young people with developmental challenges and disabilities through practical online information, courses and resources for teachers, as well as information and resources for parents, children and the community.
Article on returning to school, by Teacher Magazine
Depending on which state or territory you’re in, the impending or current return to full-time, face-to-face learning in schools is an exciting time for students and teachers and, no doubt, a blessed relief for many parents and carers. It is also a critical time regarding maximising learning opportunities, both during and after this transition.
Timer app, free during Covid-19
Time Timer is here to help. This app is free during the COVID-19 crisis to help create a structure for everyone during this time of uncertainty. Enjoy stress-free time management with the Time Timer® iPhone App—an award-winning visual timer! Take advantage of the ability to customise, save and re-use timers with names, colours, alert options, timer scale options and more!
Visual Schedules, by National Autistic Society
Visual supports can be used to communicate with people on the autism spectrum. They are adaptable, portable and can be used in most situations. Visual supports can help to provide structure and routine, encourage independence, build confidence, improve understanding, avoid frustration and anxiety, and provide opportunities to interact with others. They can make communication physical and consistent, rather than fleeting and inconsistent like spoken words can be.