University dropout is more common for autistic young people than for non-autistic young people and the change from school to university can pose many challenges. In this video, youth development researcher, Dr Kathryn Bates, and writer and researcher, Kerrie Portman, herself a young autistic person who has gone through this experience, discuss key recommendations on how we can best support autistic young people as they transition to university.
For teens, entering sixth form and moving towards greater independence in their lives and studies is a big step. Whilst undoubtedly exciting, some young people may find aspects of this transition daunting, or they may simply need a bit of help navigating new challenges and experiences. Remember that even though they are growing up, you remain a powerful influence and guide in their lives! Here are our top tips on supporting teens as they embark on the next stage of their journey.
While more autistic young people are going to university, the drop-out rates are high. Developmental researcher Kathryn Bates and writer Kerrie Portman have reviewed the current research and devised key recommendations on how we can best support autistic young people transition to university.
Dr Weston runs through some top tips on helping children to deal with change and school transitions.
In this podcast, Dr Weston talks with developmental psychologist, Dr Rory Devine. They focus on what we know about how young children develop control over their own thoughts and actions (their ‘executive functions’), and how they acquire the ability to tune in to the thoughts, feelings, and desires of others (their ‘theory of mind’), and the positive consequences these skills can have on children’s social lives, academic success and mental health. This fascinating interview will arm any parent or educator with simple ways to promote the development of these valuable life skills. Teachers can also learn more about a fantastic free tool to assess children’s school readiness.
Transition at any educational stage should be a choice that is well considered and parents and carers need to take any step change seriously, weighing up all relevant factors. This activity provides families with some reflective questions that might structure discussion and help inform any decision.
In this podcast, Dr Weston chats with epidemiologist Dr Gemma Lewis about her research into the causes of mental health problems in teenagers. They discuss the differences between boys’ and girls’ mental health, the potential impact of academic pressure, mental health for university students and universal interventions that could be impactful.
Susan Smith, from All Things Careers, gives prospective university students, and their parents, the lowdown on all there is to know about the application process.
Moving home is a long process and there is lots to remember. Our step by step checklist will make sure that you’ve not forgotten anything crucial when the big day arrives.
Going to school is a big step for young children. Help your child feel school-ready by completing our exciting sticker challenge in the weeks before they start. We’ve worked with early years experts to come up with 75 fun tasks for them to try which will encourage independence and spark curiosity about the world around them. Print out the poster, pop it on your wall, grab some little star stickers and see how many your child can get. They will love filling it in!