Joan’s article includes a series of ‘tips for creating autism-friendly school environments and sets out some recommendations on good design for autistic school pupils, based on her research with local SEND schools’.
The recommendations take into account the importance of preparation before an activity for autistic children, giving them more time to process information. This gives children time to understand what is happening next, thereby reducing anxieties, providing reassurance and enhancing their ability to learn.
In brief, the key recommendations include:
- Provide pause places.
- Multiple entrances help.
- Windows can offer reassurance.
- Join the dots.
- Taster spaces.
The full NAS article can be found here.