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

Developing Professional Relationships

Developing professional relationships

Ways of managing your workload and having a professional contribution to make in your school are looked at in this chapter. This is expanded into relationships with parents and carers, as support workers play a key role in keeping lines of communication open.

Sometimes colleagues can misunderstand the characteristics of the child with ASD and you hold a privileged position in your relationship with the child. You could be the role model for good practice for the pupil you support. In a supportive and positive working environment you will be given credit for your ASD-friendly practice. This, however, may single you out and serve to isolate you from your other colleagues. It is important to deal with these undercurrents in a ...

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