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

Being Assertive and Having your Say

Being assertive and having your say

Following on from the previous chapter the skills and qualities needed for successful support work are examined in depth. Ways of identifying your own strengths and promoting your contribution to and participation in school life are looked at.

A monthly support worker meeting – during assembly time/lunch time or, providing everyone agrees, a meeting after school – is a way in which support workers can feel as if they are listened to and valued.

Case Study

On the first Wednesday of each month, the deputy of a primary school held a 45-minute support staff meeting. This happened during singing practice. The deputy made it clear that support workers were not to be called upon, as this was ...

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