Tackling Transitions - Autism Network Scotland

January 5, 2018 | Author: Anonymous | Category: Arts & Humanities, Communications
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Tackling Transitions

Aline-Wendy Dunlop Autism Network Scotland Learning Event June 11th 2013

Transitions are important • Time of accelerated change • Potential for learning • Can affect individuals in the longer term • Transitions occur throughout life

Two perspectives Transitions Position Statement

Agenda for Change document – Improving Transitions for Young People with Additional Support Need

 Opportunities

 Personalisation

 Aspirations

 Independence

 Expectations

 Choice

 Entitlement

 Control

Transitions across the day

Dealing with change


Autism Network Scotland Transitions Survey  A survey consulting individuals with ASD, parents/carers and family members as well as practitioners on matters related to transitions for people on the spectrum.  The survey was completed by 380 respondents out of whom 10% were people on the spectrum, 46% were parents/carers, 33% were practitioners working in the field of autism, 2% were family members and 10% were respondents from neither of the above categories.  Transitions of most interest to respondents were  31% : home to school/work transition,  30% : child to adult services transition,  27% : transitions from primary school to secondary school and secondary school to further/higher education  24% stated that the transition from education to employment was important.

Main survey topics  Points of transition  Transition planning  What’s working well

 What’s not working well  Access to services and information  Areas of interest

 Autism Network Scotland events - virtual, face-to-face  Disseminating information

A systems approach

Personal experience  The most difficult time of transition for me was going from school to work. It wasn’t really the workplace that I found difficult, but the continuing difficulties with friendships and the expectations of me in these friendships. This was often due to my lack of assertiveness skills, self belief and lack of compromise on the part of my friends. I had a few friends between those from school and people from college, but all of them seemed to enjoy being real ‘party animals’ and I didn’t realise there were other people my age out there who weren’t like this. In my transition years I had come to believe that there was something very wrong with me.…….

Linking knowledge of autism to transitions It is likely that autism will present the individual with some challenges in these areas

This may lead to high levels of anxiety and lead to unexpected responses  Fear

 Interpreting the thoughts, feelings and expectations of new people  Understanding or establishing new routines  Planning and organisation

 Inappropriate reactions due to lack of social understanding and of what behaviour is expected  Attempts to keep the environment the same or negative responses to the transition interfering with existing structures

 Non compliance

 Sensory processing

 Behaviour that others find challenging

Linking knowledge of autism to transitions Type of transition


From one setting to another

Where they have to be

Different areas in the setting, new places

Who might be there

Home to school, work, day centre, leisure activities

What they will/should be doing

Different or new personnel

What behaviour is expected

Home issues (new house, family member, loss, holidays)

How much they have to do

How they will know they are finished

What they will be doing next

Through a life stage (Section 2.9; Scottish Autism Toolbox, 2009)

(Division TEACCH, 2006)

What is your experience of transitions?

You cannot run my race of life, only I can

Give me hope and I will pursue

Give me tools and I will build

Give me equality and fairness and I will persevere

What do you currently aim to do? 


Opportunity or threat?


Services being ready and adjusting to individuals

Narrowing Gaps

Bridging gaps

Building transitions capacity professionally and institutionally

Smoothing transitions


Increasing continuity and coherence of experience




Equip children, young people and adults to cope with change

Making a good start

Transitions are a way of life and lifelong

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