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Spectrum Savvy was established by Nicola Beldham in 2017. Nicola has worked with children, young people and adults on the autistic spectrum in a range of settings and roles. She found her vocation in 1994 and ever since, has always strived for better understanding of the condition and for meaningful and valuable inclusion. Nicola has a degree in Human Communication, a Post Graduate Certificate in Education and a masters in Autism with distinction. Find out more at www.spectrumsavvy.co.uk

Spectrum Savvy was established by Nicola Beldham in 2017. Nicola has worked with children, young people and adults on the autistic spectrum in a range of settings and roles. She found her vocation in 1994 and ever since, has always strived for better understanding of the condition and for meaningful and valuable inclusion. Nicola has a degree in Human Communication, a Post Graduate Certificate in Education and a masters in Autism with distinction. Find out more at www.spectrumsavvy.co.uk
Understanding Autism, disability and difference

Understanding Autism, disability and difference

This powerpoint guides users through a lesson to help young children understand that people have different needs and how it is right and fair to accommodate them. Ideal for exploring diversity, disability, autism and the paralympics. One of the main characters features Stephen Wiltshire (the human camera) as child. It would be a valuable activity to watch videos of him on youtube . This would help explore that we all have different strengths and weaknesses. This resource was developed by Spectrum Savvy to help build peer relationships and tolerance where autistic learners were being misunderstood in mainstream. If you would like Nicola at Spectrum Savvy to deliver this session or similar to your setting, visit www.spectrumsavvy.co.uk,
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Equality Impact Assessment Proforma

Equality Impact Assessment Proforma

Equality Impact Assessments focused on fairness, access and inclusion. They help us to consider a policy, service or process in terms of how it might affect different groups protected in law. This EIA proforma places more emphasis on disability, prompting consideration of reasonable adjustments thus further supporting your compliance with the Equality Act 2010.
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Social Story: First day at College

Social Story: First day at College

This powerpoint is designed to give reassurance to learners who are feeling anxious on their first day of college. It was designed with autistic learners in mind but would work for others with anxiety and barriers to learning. The document can be edited to insert names of specific staff in departments. Some learners may benefit from including photography too.
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Understanding Autism, disability and difference

Understanding Autism, disability and difference

This powerpoint guides users through a lesson to help young children understand that people have different needs and how it is right and fair to accommodate them. Ideal for exploring diversity, disability, autism and the paralympics. One of the main characters features Stephen Wiltshire (the human camera) as child. It would be a valuable activity to watch videos of him on youtube . This would help explore that we all have different strengths and weaknesses. This resource was developed by Spectrum Savvy to help build peer relationships and tolerance where autistic learners were being misunderstood in mainstream. If you would like Nicola at Spectrum Savvy to deliver this session or similar to your setting, visit www.spectrumsavvy.co.uk,
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Microteach: Appropriate Behaviour for Independence

Microteach: Appropriate Behaviour for Independence

This is a lesson plan for a 20 minute microteach on the subject of socially appropriate behaviour for increasing independence. For example, if we are hygienic we will be given more responsibility on our work placement. If we are cautious what information we give away to strangers we will be able to spend more time at the shops etc without supervision and guidance. There are resources to accompany this lesson plan.
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Famous Autistics

Famous Autistics

This powerpoint presentation provides a list of famous people who are thought to be autistic. This has been used as printed cards for discussion when helping individuals to understand autism and feel more empowered regarding their diagnosis.
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Writing a formal email (Level 1 Functional Skills English)

Writing a formal email (Level 1 Functional Skills English)

This document guides learners through the importance of getting email etiquette right, how to structure an email and how to proof read their written work. Learners are then asked to attempt a previous exam question on writing formal email and check their work using a proof reading checklist and the Eexcel / Pearsons marking criteria. The document has gathered information from other sources which are referenced accordingly. Designed to be used by level 1 functional skills learners.
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Giving independence advice

Giving independence advice

This resource is designed to help learners explore barriers to becoming more independent. The resource consists of case studies and a page of visual prompts to be considered as possible ways to break down barriers to independence. E.g. role playing an activity before doing it for real or using google images to plan a route to an unfamiliar place. Both effective ways to reduce anxiety levels. Learners are required to consider up to four basic cases studies and offer advice from the options provided. Advice can be different forms depending on the level of the learner e.g. Learners can illustrate the advice, using sheet 2 as guidance, they can copy the label of the advice or they can form their own sentence(s) inspired by the options provided. The activity can be used with the key words for independence to embed literacy skills.
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Behaviour for Independence Words and Opposites

Behaviour for Independence Words and Opposites

A list of words to describe the necessary behaviour for building independence. Words are accompanied by their opposites. The format is designed to be printed, cut out and laminated for future use. The words can be used to help build sentences with varied vocabulary when discussing independence in class. The can be used to represent two ends of a continuum for learners to self assess against the behaviours.
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Social Story: First day at College

Social Story: First day at College

This powerpoint is designed to give reassurance to learners who are feeling anxious on their first day of college. It was designed with autistic learners in mind but would work for others with anxiety and barriers to learning. The document can be edited to insert names of specific staff in departments. Some learners may benefit from including photography too.
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Behavioural Incident Report with Functional Analysis of Behaviour

Behavioural Incident Report with Functional Analysis of Behaviour

This document guides staff though a reflective and analytical process when an individual has displayed behaviour perceived to be challenging. It seeks to support staff in exploring the reasons ‘challenging behaviour’ occurs and to promote reflective practice around education and support. The aim is to assist staff in understanding and meeting an individual’s needs so that challenging behaviour reduces. Those completing the process should consider the following key questions throughout the process: • Was the individual seeking to escape a situation they were not ‘ready for’? • Were the supposed consequences something they were actually seeking? e.g. Individual is put in ‘isolation’ but this may be relief to them if they are feeling social overwhelmed. Could this lead to the behaviour being repeated? • Can more be done to teach coping, assertiveness and communication strategies to replace the challenging behaviour? • Do staff consistently demonstrate a good understanding of an individual’s needs? • Are opportunities to share good inclusive practice maximised?
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Comic Strip Conversations

Comic Strip Conversations

This powerpoint provides an explanation of Comic strip conversations. Their key functions are: Visually working through a problem and identifying solutions Systematically identifying what people say and do Emphasising what people may be thinking May provide insight into someone’s perspective of a situation Excellent prerequisite to a social storyTM Illustration of social skills which are abstract or difficult to understand Their rationale is: Visualisation and visual supports are useful for structuring learning and showing how individual components connect and interact Useful for improving comprehension around conversation Understanding other thoughts and feelings is just as important as understanding their words and actions.
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Equality Impact Assessment Proforma

Equality Impact Assessment Proforma

Equality Impact Assessments focused on fairness, access and inclusion. They help us to consider a policy, service or process in terms of how it might affect different groups protected in law. This EIA proforma places more emphasis on disability, prompting consideration of reasonable adjustments thus further supporting your compliance with the Equality Act 2010.
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How old do you have to be to...?

How old do you have to be to...?

A simple matching activity to begin exploring the age you have to be to legally do various activities in the UK. The Word document is easy to edit so you an add topics suited to your group. This has been used as part of independent living skills, Citizenship and exploring Emotions and Behaviour.
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