SuperValu & AsIAm launch Autism-Friendly learning resource "Bridge Back to School” 1 month ago

SuperValu & AsIAm launch Autism-Friendly learning resource "Bridge Back to School”

A brilliant new initiative.

SuperValu & AsIAm are delighted to announce the launch of a learning resource toolkit, developed with Mary Immaculate College.

The Bridge Back to School learning resource has been developed to help those with high support needs prepare during the summer months to return to school in September, with 20,000 booklets available in SuperValu stores nationwide.

It will also be available to access online.

In developing the resources some of the most challenging elements of the current ever-changing circumstances which autistic students might find difficult to navigate were identified.

The "Bridge Back to School”- An Autism-Friendly Learning Resource for Summer 2020 offers support and guidance in these areas as we move through the phases of reopening Ireland and will focus on:

1. Sensory integration
2. Preparing for the new year
3. Dealing with worry and anxiety
4. Explaining the “new normal”
5. Social skills
6. Self-regulation
7. Use of visuals
8. Clear communication

CEO of AsIAm Adam Harris said of the new imitative;

"Not only have the changes in routine and lack of support been a challenge for autistic students but re-establishing routine will be just as challenging. The summer months present an important opportunity for Summer Provision facilitators and family members to help prepare children for the transition back to education in September, but materials and guidance are needed to do so. The Bridge Back to School resource we’re launching today will support a young person to understand, prepare and manage the return to school."

The Bridge Back to School packs are now available in SuperValu stores nationwide.