In this lesson we explore person centered approaches, particularly the principles of inclusion and best practice for all. We provide links to formal approaches enabling further positive inclusion in classrooms as well as many suggestions for informal approaches. We also encourage self-reflection on your own good practice and how to best support the pupils in your care.

The following set of slides covers the many of the key points in applying a person-centred approach to supporting autism. When you have read each slide, click the white arrow at the far right to advance through each key point.

Strategies for Challenging Behaviour

Watch the following video as autism specialist Helen Fores takes us through a number of strategies that you can put into place in your classroom or work environment which will help you deal with challenging behaviour:

Person-Centred Approaches: Learner Application Exercise

Let’s now take a moment for another application exercise to help put these strategies into practice: Considering all you know about the four key areas of difference and person centred support strategies which we’ve just considered and in the appropriate cell on the left, note all their challenges and opposite it in the column on the right, note down any strategies you could use to support inclusion to help overcome those challenges you’ve listed.. or if you prefer, write two columns on a separate sheet of paper and fill them in accordingly, See examples in the column entry sections:

Lesson Three Knowledge Test

The following section contains a number of questions to provide you with a quick knowledge test to help you retain the information from this module. After answering the question proceed through the remaining questions by selecting the blue arrow at the bottom right of each set of answers:

Upon completion of this module’s material above, select the “mark complete” or “next module” button below to record your progress. This will save your place and your work on the course thus far and will enable you to complete the assessment at the end of the course.