Autism - A Guide for Practitioners and Parents

Our research and experience has found that no single method for teaching students with autism can be successful for all students at all times.

Cedars Academy supports the move towards combining elements of several approaches/interventions rather than adhering rigidly to one.

Eclectic approaches reflect the need to help the pupil come to terms with a range of conditions and events, recognising that to provide too controlled an environment may not, in the long term, equip pupils for life in the real world.  Indeed, eclectic approaches may have helped to show that there is a connection between sound educational practice and underlying theories about the nature of autism itself.

Cedars Academy have agreed a process to respond to the needs of an expanding population of students with autism in our school.

Our guidance document below has been compiled, procedures and protocol agreed and disseminated to staff and stakeholders. The guidance contains practical strategies for all classes, addresses social communication difficulties, identifies the impact of autism and provides a school response and also provides key messages for management, teaching and learning and transition: