Provides professional guidance for practitioners in educational support roles, and offers tools and strategies for working confidently with pupils from across the autistic spectrum.

Managing Expectations

Managing expectations

The pressures of working in a school environment where the expectations of others are critical and the support worker has a range of roles to deliver are discussed in this chapter. Positive ways of managing expectations are illustrated to help the support worker achieve a realistic perspective.

The role of the support worker has traditionally existed within special schools. In the early 1970s after the legislation that gave every child with a disability a right to education (DES Circular 12/70), special schools employed local people, usually women, as welfare assistants. Sometimes you still hear support workers being called a ‘welfare’. Their role was largely the toileting and feeding needs of the pupils. Sometimes they worked in the classroom, under the direction of the ...

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