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Thank you for visiting our site. We hope you will find our products useful and fun! As a professional working in an early years setting, you will come across very young children who you believe may be autistic but don’t have a diagnosis. Here we describe behaviours to be aware of, the challenges an autistic child may face and offer tips on introducing them to pre-school or nursery.
We also talk about adapting the curriculum and training for nursery and pre-school staff. Each child is different, spending time getting to know them and their individual profile will be crucial as the behaviours and support strategies will vary from child to child. Autism and behaviours to be aware of Children in early years settings may display behaviours that could indicate autism. Some may have been diagnosed already, others will start the diagnosis process whilst at nursery or school. Read more about recognising autism and planning the right support.
Read some quick tips and ways you can support their communication development. You may notice that a child dislikes loud noises, such as a hand dryer, or is particularly sensitive to light touch. They may wriggle a lot in their seat as they are seeking sensory feedback, they may flap their hands or stim. You can help by learning more about their sensory needs and thinking about how you can adapt their environment to help.
Need for routine Children on the autism spectrum often need routine in order to help them understand the world around them. Use visual supports to communicate their routine and have it displayed in the nursery or pre-school. This helps the child and means that all staff are aware of their routine. Autistic children can find change very difficult. Some may struggle with very small changes, eg a different coloured cup, but be better able to cope with a larger changes such as transition to a different group. Others will struggle with all change. It’s important that you know each child, the level of support they need and how to prepare them for change.