Preparing For Transitions/Change

  • Due to a preference for predictability and sameness, some young people with ASD can find change and transitions (whether unexpected or not) extremely difficult to manage.
  • Extended transition periods are recommended to help them prepare for what is going to happen (especially for changes in school/ house moves/ etc.)
  • Use of visual resources to support their understanding of when the change is going to happen and what the change will look like – e.g., use of calendars, pictures
  • Use simple, clear language to aid their understanding.
  • See the National Autistic Society for more detailed information about guidance on how to manage specific transitions (such as leaving school). http://www.autism.org.uk/about/transition.aspx#
 
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