What are Strategies?

We all use strategies in our day-to-day life to cope and avoid feeling overwhelmed, some examples of these are: having enough sleep, looking after our health, organising tasks, talking to others, reducing some pressures and taking time to relax. 

Similarly, children and young people need strategies, including those with additional support needs or an Autistic Spectrum Diagnosis. There is a vast range of strategies available that support them to process and understand information, cope with sensory processing, support to understand and regulate their emotions and build relationships.

Every autistic person is unique and individual and what works for them should be person centred to their own stage of development, understanding, communication needs and sensory profile. Therefore it is important to understand the child or young person and look at strategies that may meet their Autistic profile.

Also remember that there are many factors to consider that may contribute to whether the child or young person is able to use the strategies that have been identified. Often it may seem they are unable to use known strategies to regulate themselves resulting in meltdowns, shouting/ swearing, injuring themselves or others, running away, shutting down or withdrawing to name a few. 

Here are some suggestions to explain why the demand may outweigh their skill at that point:

• No Mental Energy • Burnout • Sensory overload • Dysregulated • Anxiety

• Emotionally overwhelmed • Task is difficult due to learning style • Lack of clear instructions

• Difficulty with transitions • Physical discomfort that’s hard to identify or express

• Difficulty focusing • Difficulty initiating

• Having fluctuating capacity dismissed as lack of effort (bad attitude)

• Negative experiences with school, teachers and learning

• Perfectionism • Stress • Trauma • Other unmet needs

Use the buttons on the right to open sections with the relevant information about Strategies and the services that can support you and the young person you care for.

Strategies PDFs to read and download

A Social Story for the Rest of Us

Anxiety Social Story

Managing Emotions Toolkit

Social Stories Advice Sheet

Visual Aid Routine

Visual Timetables and Rewards

Zones of Regulation

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