Let’s Make a Plan! (for Sensory Differences in Autism)

In the 1970s Carl Delecato (in his work as an educator with kids who had all kinds of difficulties) had an inspired hunch. Maybe the unusual mannerisms and difficult behaviours that got the label of ‘autisms’ were nothing of the kind –

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Does your multi sensory room follow the AAA principles?

Recently, I’ve been thinking about the principles behind the design of a great multi sensory room. Some designs I’ve seen are based on cost and/or standard company ‘packages,’ but the most successful designs are those based on the needs of the pupils or students who will use the space.

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Bubble tubes & challenging Behaviour – how best to use this vital tool!

Since the dawn of multi-sensory rooms, light rooms or whatever you may happen to call your special place, one piece of equipment has always featured. Not front and centre but always stuck in the corner and nearly always backed by mirrors.

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6 things you can do to help a deaf child in your class.

Why is hearing so crucial to children’s development and their education?

It’s all about language and the ability to think.

If a child has good vision and is brought up in a signing environment at home and in school,

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5 Tips for dealing with challenging behaviour

5 Tips for dealing with challenging behaviour – June 2016

  1. Much of the time when we are faced with behaviour that challenges us as supporter can stem from the individual’s sensory processing skills being out of balance.

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5 Tip to help learners hearing!

Sound Distractions

Just like visual clutter sound can be really distracting so here are some tips on making an environment successful for learners who have difficulties processing sound.

  1. Try to cut down echo in the classroom because although you may not think that you don’t have echo you may be surprised.

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Visual Distractions

Visual distractions

When trying to get learners with autism or a visual loss to really focus on you or the activity.  It’s worth looking around your room and follow these 5 quick and easy visual points.

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Assessments & investigations of vision – some helpful tips!

It is common to hear that we ‘do visual stimulation’ with students with visual impairments, and it will prove to be beneficial for all ages. But to do this, we must find something which the student is interested in looking at!

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So iPads work with Autism…?


We really need hard evidence to support importing new teaching technologies into the classroom. Trouble is the iPad tech is so new at the moment there is little evidence to guide us as to what works and in what way.

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Supporting individuals with Challenging Behaviour

Understanding that individuals on the autistic spectrum, or with cognitive difficulty, may possibly be interpreting their environment in an entirely different way to those supporting them, is an important first step in responding to the challenging behaviour. Accepting that,

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