The Autism Education Trust has a Transitions Toolkit which although written for teaching staff seems to provide some useful tips on dealing with transition periods. It would also be useful to direct staff to if you feel they are not doing enough to help your child. Here's the link. They also have some resources which you may be able to use at home, here.
There is also some advice on the National Autistic Society website, here.
Aberdeenshire Council do have a transition programme for children who staff feel may benefit from extra help. As far as I'm aware this programme is still running.
I will look into working on some resources of my own - star charts, emotions fans, timetables and mini award notes, etc., and upload them soon. Any ideas to add to this, just let me know.
If you are a member of a group like The National Autistic Society which provides you with a member ship card or have other proof of your child's disability then you may be able to get free entry to places.
Yesterday, I used my membership card and got into Landmark (Carrbridge) for nothing. Many places don't advertise this concession and I was told that they had problems with people asking for free entry but not being able to provide proof and then complaining! So if you have the proof then ask - you might not get anything but it's certainly worth trying!!
I've just found out that you can get a card which entitles you to a free ticket for a carer accompanying someone with additional needs. Heres the link for the form. And for more details visit http://www.ceacard.co.uk/
I made these cards for families with autistic children to use when going out. I have often experienced the funny looks some people give when your child is screaming or the well meaning help offered by passers by which isn't always that helpful! These cards can be given to people nearby - in a restaurant/shop when your child is struggling to explain things or if you are going somewhere you can give them out before hand to prepare staff - we used then when we flew to Florida and the stewards knew the score if they were needed.
I'm happy to make similar cards for other needs and add different images suited to your child's likes. Just leave a comment and I'll get in touch.
Hope they help! Ballet Dinosaur Girrafe Jungle Pirate Princess Teddy
I'm starting this blog in the hope of providing support to parents of children with special needs in the North East of Scotland, although any parent carer is welcome from anywhere.
First a bit about myself - I'm Suz. I have 3 children and my youngest has ASD. I gave up work 2 years ago to look after him full time as he was having so many problems at school. I have recently got involved with the local National Autistic Society branch and have found the chance just to chat to other parents a lifeline.
I would like this blog to be as interactive as possible where everyone involved has a chance to contribute ideas, links, stories and advice. Finding time to seek out the help and organisations available is very difficult when caring for a child with additional needs so I hope to create a list of local groups and contacts of people who can help. Please let me know of anything you'd like to add.
Well, that's all for now.... keep checking back and pass the link on to anyone you feel may benefit