Personalised advice and support are given, based on observation and intervention at various times in the school day.
The objective of classroom intervention is as follows.
- Give the student strategies to cope with the environment and daily routine.
- Re-enforce focus and attention skills.
- Support understanding and knowledge acquisition.
- Strengthen behaviour control and emotional self-adjustment.
- Make suggestions for a more “Asperger friendly” learning environment (in collaboration with teaching staff).
Examples of specific interventions.
- Ensuring specific seating arrangements, especially in crowded rooms.
- Regulating class temperature or limiting class chatter and noise level to avoid sensory overload.
- Discreetly checking the student understands the task given.
- Providing visual cues in situations where expectations and demands can be confusing.
- Allowing the student to take time-out if becoming anxious.
My presence is also crucial during potentially more stressful moments in the school day, such as transitions between classes and lunch/break times.
I work closely with educational staff, counsellors or pastoral leaders and act as a link to the student’s parents, to ensure expectations are understood, shared and eventually met.