Webinar: Autism profiling with Autism Progress

Are you looking for better ways to support autistic students in your school?

More and more pupils are coming into schools showing autistic traits but there is limited external support available. Autism is a spectrum and there is no one way that works for all pupils.
Autism profiles can help to understand how autism impacts each individual.

Find out how autism profiling can improve outcomes for autistic students – Watch our FREE webinar!

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Autism Profiling Tool for Schools

Autism Progress is an observational assessment framework that enables your school or post 16 setting to understand how autism impacts a student. It helps you to provide tailored support for each student and plan their next steps.

How can Autism Progress help?

Autism Progress is used to create an autism profile of each student across 4 key developmental areas: Communication, Social Interaction, Flexibility of Thought, Emotional Regulation.

Being able to profile autism in this way gives schools a detailed picture of each autistic student’s capabilities. A range of targeted support strategies are also provided to help development in each of the 4 areas. Teachers can choose the most relevant strategies to support each student based on their profile.

Autism Progress is one of B Squared’s range of assessment frameworks developed to use with our Connecting Steps assessment software. Schools can select different frameworks to meet different students’ needs. This means you don’t have to run more than one assessment system, making it quicker and easier to analyse ALL of your students’ progress.

Supporting autism across 4 key development areas

Every autistic individual is unique and no two people are likely to have the same experience of autism as each other.
However autistic students often have difficulties with specific aspects of these 4 key developmental areas. 

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Challenges include: expressing personal needs, delayed development of language, repetitive use of known phrases, difficulties with comprehension.

Social Interaction

Challenges include: applying social conventions, forming and sustaining relationships, managing social anxiety and understanding the perspective of others. This is typical of someone with Aspergers Syndrome (AS).

Flexibility of Thought

Challenges include: struggling with repetitive patterns of behaviour or thought, applying known concepts to new situations, and accepting differences in unfamiliar situations.

Emotional Regulation

Challenges include: irritability, temper outbursts, aggression, self-injurious behaviours and raised levels of anxiety and distress.

Autism Progress uses autism profiling to helps schools understand how autism impacts a student,
so you can provide tailored support and plan next steps.

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Using autism profiles to understand how autism impacts students

Use Autism Progress at your school to create autism profiles for your autistic students. This will help you:

  • Develop a deeper understanding of how autism impacts an individual
  • Identify each student’s strengths and difficulties
  • Support their growth and personal interests
  • Demonstrate development across four key areas – Communication, Social Interaction, Flexibility of Thought, Emotional Regulation

Autism Progress also provides ability relevant strategies you can use to design personalised support plans for your autistic students. This will help you:

  • Plan next steps for autistic students
  • Identify strategies to support students who have a ‘spiky’ developmental profile
  • Measure the impact and value of interventions provided to a student
  • Enable staff to engage with individual students in positive and meaningful ways

Find out how Autism Progress can help your school better understand and support autistic students

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What do schools think of Autism Progress?

Here’s what some of our customer schools have said supporting Autism Progress

“At last a set of statements and strategies which are relevant and useful
in the assessment of autistic children!”

“It helps show areas that are causing issues and helps to inform staff in dealing with behaviour and learning.”

“This profiling tool is both relevant and useful for the assessment of autistic children.
The support strategies it recommends provide a solid foundation for each individual student’s development.”

Pinpoint an individual student’s barriers to learning and focus on the specific challenges they face

“Using Autism Progress has enabled us to pinpoint an individual student’s current barriers to learning. We can then focus on the specific challenges facing that student, in order to help them access Hope House School’s curriculum at the appropriate level for their cognitive ability.

The process of profiling has also highlighted some additional resources that would benefit our students, particularly in terms of communication aids and sensory tools. We can now plan the selection of future resources specifically to meet each individual’s needs.”

Phil Baker, Head of Education, Hope House School

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Mainstream schools

Need help supporting autistic students to make progress?

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Special schools

Need strategies to support autistic students who have a ‘spiky’ developmental profile?

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Post 16 settings

Need help to guide autistic individuals into suitable employment?

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Created by autism experts

Autism charities and SEND professionals helped with development

Autism Progress was developed by B Squared in collaboration with three autism charities: Autism Wessex, Scottish Autism and the North East Autism Society. Experienced Special Educational Needs Teachers, Speech and Language Therapists and Occupational Therapists also helped to finalise the content.

Autism Wessex
Scottish Autism
North East Autism Society
Dale Pickles - B Squared

Introducing Dale Pickles, Managing Director – B Squared

The driving force behind Autism Progress, our MD Dale Pickles has 20 years of experience working with schools to support students with SEND. He is also host of the SENDcast, the #1 podcast for Special Needs.

Recently Dale has been on a personal journey, receiving a diagnosis of ASC and ADHD. Listen to this special episode to hear Dale’s reasons and motivation of why he felt the need to do this at this time in his life and what the diagnosis means to him. Dale gives an honest and open view on the process he has been through, reflects on his childhood and family, the reactions he has received from others since diagnosis and the impact it has had.

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Our assessment software, Connecting Steps is designed to make assessment and tracking progress easier.
So that you can spend time doing what you do best – teaching!

Connecting Steps simplifies tracking, assessing and reporting progress.
It works differently to other assessment software, focusing on continuous assessment to help pupils achieve their full potential.

Designed from the start to be flexible and easy to use, Connecting Steps saves teachers’ time. Multiple inclusive frameworks allow schools to track the progress of pupils working at age related expectations (ARE) and pupils with SEND across early years and primary. It also supports pupils with SEND all the way to age 25.

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Connecting Steps makes recording achievements simple. As well as being able to record the skills pupils achieve, you can also record the steps as they work towards it.

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Before pupils can achieve a skill, they need to engage. Connecting Steps can show the engagement levels of pupils and show the progress as engagement increases.

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Connecting Steps makes showing small steps of progress simple. Progress can be shown in lots of ways, including engagement and non-linear progress. 

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Easily link digital photo and video evidence of learning to students’ assessments to demonstrate achievements

Watch this 45-second video to see how Evisense makes teachers’ lives easier, saves time and securely stores digital evidence of achievements to ‘Tell the story’ of a student’s learning journey.

Use our evidence management software, Evisense to securely capture photo and video evidence of learning to show your students’ progress.

Easily link this digital evidence of learning to students’ assessments in Connecting Steps to demonstrate their achievements. Click the button below to find out more.

Why book a FREE online meeting?

Simply chose a convenient time slot from the available appointments

Online meetings take approx 30 minutes and you’re under no obligation. Our expert will share their screen and talk you through how to use Autism Progress.
So, grab a coffee and get ready to find out how Autism Progress can help your school better understand and support autistic students.

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