Supporting Learners and Families
Each learner and their family are unique and supporting the development of positive relationships between practitioners and the family is critically important to provide effective support. Some parents, carers and learners may have had, or are currently experiencing a difficult journey through the diagnostic pathway or may be experiencing difficulties accepting and adjusting to the diagnosis that their child is autistic.
Effective support for autistic learners and families will require an awareness and understanding of autism and inclusive practice across the school community.
Getting It Right for Every Child is the national approach which supports learners and families by making sure children and young people can receive the right help, at the right time, from the right people. The aim is to help them to grow up feeling loved, safe and respected so that they can realise their full potential. It is highly likely that all staff will have an autistic learner in their class at some stage or will be in contact with autistic learners within their school community. This could be a member of support services such as school administrators, facilities/janitorial staff, catering.
The Scottish Government support and fund a number of services which provide information and advice for families, learners – including autistic learners, practitioners and local authorities. one example is Enquire.
Enquire provides a free and independent and impartial advice for those others caring for or working with children and young people with additional support needs.
Select here to access the Enquire website.
Further information on relevant services can be found within the Toolbox.