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Discussed in this Episode:

✅ Special Guest: Di Rickard Primary school teacher and a play therapist

✅ Inspired by question in Facebook Community

✅ How to support children on the spectrum in the early years in open plan, double teaching classrooms?

✅ See the blog for amazing suggestions from facebook community

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How to Help Make Transitions Less Overwhelming 

Suggestions from Facebook Community in comments below:


1. Enter via Art Room or quieter area


2. Transition before everyone else : Slower, Calmer, Less Noise


3. Heavy Work


4. Take child into room without anyone one in there to give them time to process environment



Giving them a safe space to run to

Suggestions from Facebook Community in comments below:


1. Break times


2. Break Cards (Listen to Podcast or Read Blog Ep 59


3. Timed Breaks (Listen to Podcast or Read Blog Ep 145 using Timers) 


4. Help them to recognise their own signs of anxiety. Consider Masterclass on Emotional Regulation 


5. Using Stations with interests and passions – listen to this weeks podcast for lots of tips



Make the space comfortable and enjoyable 

Suggestions from Facebook Community in comments below:


1. Use Stations (listen to this weeks podcast with lots of fabulous suggestions)

– Tee- pee

– Cushions etc

– Min Bean bag chairs 

Divide the room into zones 

Suggestions from Facebook Community in comments below:


1. Create walls using opaque fabric


2. Label Stations (Listen to this weeks podcast how Di’s class names the areas)


3. Slow increase engagement

Have Ways to express when they’ve had enough 

Observe what the challenges are 

Give Sensory Adjustments 

Suggestions from Facebook Community in comments below:


– Sit and Spin or Kelly Chair


– Sensory Mats

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