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For many children and young people who are Neurodiverse, changes and transitions can be difficult to manage. If your child is worried about going back to school following Coronavirus, or is apprehensive about moving up to secondary school, here are a collection of useful websites with resources that may be able to help.

Going Back to School

The North Lincolnshire Local Offer website has a range of resources to support your child to reflect on their ‘lockdown’ experience and start considering what it will be like to return to school:

Northlincolnshire offer

The Specialist Training in Autism and Raising Standards (‘STARS’) and ‘Do-IT Profiler’ websites have visual resources (e.g. Social Stories) for children and young people going back to school following Coronavirus.

Stars STARS are accredited by the National Autistic Society. 

Post Covid-19 School Resources

Do -IT Profiler – Survive, Revive, Thrive

We also recommend looking at your child’s school website, as many of them have information explaining what going to school will be like in light of the different measures they have put in place, for example see link below:

Brumby Junior School Website

Moving Up to Secondary School

The transition from primary to secondary school is a major change in any young person’s life. It may involve travelling to a new area as well as other changes, such as:

  • Larger class sizes
  • Different teachers for different subjects
  • A new building
  • New timetables
  • New routines, e.g. at dinnertime’s

Jessi’s Story: Starting Secondary School with Autism

The video below tells the story of a young person with Autism who has an extraordinary way of dealing with her emotions about starting secondary school:

Links to Further Information:

The National Autistic Society has lots of helpful resource and information about starting or switching schools:

The National Autistic Society

Mentally Healthy Schools run by The Anna Freud Centre have made a coronavirus toolkit to help with children managing transitions:

Mentally Healthy Schools

Here is a sound map designed to help children with ASD get used to the different sounds they might hear around the school:

ASD Sound Map