Autistic Spectrum Disorder

The child with ASD will exhibit the following characteristics to varying degrees:

Difficulties in communicating with peers and adults
Rigid Behaviour patterns
Difficulties with social interaction

This is often called The Triad of Impairments.

ASD has been found to affect significantly more boys than girls.

Most children with ASD are supported within a mainstream environment and can generally cope well without the need for a Statement.

Systematic observation and assessment of the child will yield valuable information on his or her individual needs. With a child who has a medical diagnosis of ASD:


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targets will address the development and teaching of social skills, as well as any other needs the child may have. Advice can be sought from the medical based agency who carried out the assessment as well as from your school EP.
Each child is different and will have individual needs which should be addressed appropriately. However, broadly speaking, the IEP for a child with ASD should address the Triad of Impairments as well as any other learning needs. When drawing up the IEP your EP can help you to set targets for the child. In addition, your EP can provide advice on setting up suitable programmes to help the child to develop the necessary skills.

Parents are particularly important in helping to devise and monitor the targets as they know their child better than anybody else.  It is vital to work closely with parents in devising and implementing strategies for inclusion on the IEP.

Ged Balmer

Chartered Educational Psychologist
Cert. Ed., BSc.(Hons), MSc.,
C. Psychol., AFBPsS.
British Psychological Society No: 34097
in collaboration with colleagues

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