For a student with autism, transitioning from one school location to another can be challenging and stressful. A simple way that teachers can support students with autism to transition smoothly is through virtual visits. Virtual visits are an evidence-based strategy based on the iRoam project, created by Access Social in the UK. Virtual visits use everyday technology such as smart phones to record journeys throughout the school.
The videos that follow allow students with autism to move virtually through an unfamiliar site, noting the layout, available facilities and potential environmental barriers or influences they could experience.
Sensory guides that describe the smells, noises, sounds, possible triggers, and distractions in the environment, accompany the videos to provide further support to the student.
Preparation for transitions and new experiences is an important part of supporting students with autism in the school environment and community. The Autism Hub video, supporting student transition through virtual visit, demonstrates how readily available technology can be used to reduce the anxiety associated with change for students with autism.
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