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Transition to year 7: Empowering and supporting autistic pupils

The transition to year 7 can be particularly challenging for pupils with autism. How can primary schools help to prepare and support pupils? Dr Pooky Knightsmith offers some ideas and advice
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Transitioning from primary to secondary school can be an exciting yet challenging experience for autistic children. They may encounter new academic expectations, social dynamics, and sensory environments, which can lead to increased anxiety and stress.

To ensure a smoother transition, it's essential to equip them with the necessary skills and knowledge to navigate this significant milestone.

This article will explore key areas to focus on during this transition and provide practical strategies for primary school staff and parents to support autistic children.

Some of these are skills and knowledge that can be developed and practised before transition happens; the more we can do this, the more we will promote familiarity and a feeling of security and the more likely the child is to land well when they start at secondary school.

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