Support in Schools

Aberdeenshire Education and Children’s Services provides placement opportunities and provision in mainstream schools, enhanced provision centres and community resource hubs to reflect the diversity of needs of children and young people with autism. Within each Aberdeenshire Children’s Services Network (CSN) all schools will develop ‘autism friendly’ practices and encourage and support staff to develop skills in support of children and young people with autism.

Guidance for Schools

Aberdeenshire Education and Children’s Services has also developed guidance and information for schools to help them in supporting children with autism. As part of this a staged intervention procedure has been developed to meet the needs of children and young people on the autistic spectrum.  This provides a model for the development of autism friendly schools. These procedures acknowledge the role of several agencies in developing consistency in both school and home environments Schools and networks can adapt this framework to reflect local circumstances. Emphasis is placed on supporting children and young people as they progress through the school system to adult life. A model for transition, the pupil passport workbook, is also included.

Working Together to Support Autism

Further advice about the school environment, curriculum and communication in relation to Autism is available from the Autism Toolbox.  The Autism Toolbox is a resource to support the inclusion of children and young people with autism spectrum disorder in mainstream education services in Scotland. As well as introducing and describing some of the more common challenges a pupil with autism might face, it provides real life case studies from Scottish schools and practical examples of supports that you can translate and use in your own school setting. It also signposts you to other websites you may find useful. Information on our local approach can be found in Aberdeenshire Strategy for Autism 2014-2024.

Professional Development

Aberdeenshire Education and Children’s Services recognises the importance of professional development in the field of autism. A range of courses is available to all staff. Professional development is offered on a multi-agency basis to staff in Children’s Services Networks in a number of ways:
  • Awareness raising.
  • Practical strategies for school staff.
  • Mentoring opportunities to share good practice and experience.
  • Staff training on ALDO
  • Post Graduate Certificate, Aberdeen University
Aberdeenshire Early Intervention programme provides staff development for teachers of children at Primary 1 and 2 stages. This also gives opportunities to work alongside parents. The Aberdeenshire Educational Psychology Service provides guidance, training and research information to schools. Teachers interested in undertaking action research can also obtain guidance and support from the Educational Psychology Service.

Further Help and Support

Information can be sourced from the following organisations: National Autistic Society Grampian Autistic Society