Awaiting an Assessment for Autism Spectrum Disorder
Sheffield Children’s Hospital and Sheffield City Council have developed resources for families, children and young people who may be on the waiting list for an assessment for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), other neurodevelopmental conditions or may already have a diagnosis. We know that the time before and after assessment can be a difficult and frustrating situation for children and families, and have provided these resources to help. There are a number of pages filled with resources to manage difficulties around sleep, behaviour, emotional well-being, sensory issues, going back to school, COVID-19 and the assessment process itself. There are quick reference sheets, top tips, booklets, guides and videos across all the topics for a range of ages. Please go to www.sheffieldchildrens.nhs.uk/ASDsupport
If you would like a paper copy of the summary booklet then please call 0114 271 7656.
At Forge Valley School we believe in participation and progress for all. We want all adults and children to participate in learning and we celebrate all members of our community. We want to create an inclusive culture in our school and we aim to be more responsive to the diversity of children’s backgrounds, interests, experience, knowledge and skills.
We value high quality teaching for all learners and actively monitor teaching and learning in the school.
We aim to create a learning environment which is flexible enough to meet the needs of all members of our school community. We monitor progress of all learners, and staff continually assess to ensure that learning is taking place
At Forge Valley we have an Integrated Resource Unit which specialises in support for pupils with ASD. This works along SEN to ensure that pupils are supported in accordance to their need in all aspects of school life.
"Local authorities have a statutory duty to develop and publish a Local Offer, setting out in one place information about the support they expect to be available in their area across education, health and social care for children and young people in their area who have SEN or are disabled, including those who do not have EHC plans. In setting out what they ‘expect to be available’, local authorities should include provision which they believe will actually be available".
The Local Offer has two key purposes:
• To provide clear, comprehensive, accessible and up-to-date information about the available provision and how to access it, and
• To make provision more responsive to local needs and aspirations by directly involving disabled children and those with SEN and their parents, and disabled young people and those with SEN, and service providers in its development and review
(DFE, 2014, Code of Practice, 2015, 4.1)
SEN Posters (QL Mentoring)
Siena Castellon is a sixteen year old nationally recognised autism and neurodiversity advocate, and a winner of the Radio 1 Teen Heroes 2018. Siena is autistic, dyslexic, dyspraxic and has ADHD. When she was thirteen, she created a website to support young people with learning differences and autistic young people. Siena's website is here: www.qlmentoring.com
In the 2017 bullying report by Ditch the Label, 75% of autistic students and 70% of students with learning differences reported being bullied at school. Siena aims to flip the narrative so that instead of perceiving learning differences as something negative, we focus on the many strengths and advantages that come from seeing and perceiving the world differently. To do this she has created a number of posters highlighting famous people who are neuro-diverse.
You can find the posters here: