Some Support • Ages 10-14 • Goal:

Develop Strengths and Self-Advocacy

Action step 1.

Develop schoolwork and study skills.

Skills like organization and time management are keys to success at school. These skills sometimes are called executive functioning skills. If you’re autistic, these skills can be challenging. Supports like visual prompts and checklists may help you with things like:

  • Remembering to turn in homework
  • Scheduling your work on different assignments
  • Studying
  • Taking notes

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Action step 2.

Find tools and supports that can help in school.

You may need different tools for different classes at school. Having many supports to choose from, like scripts or sensory items, can help you be successful. Talk to your parents and teachers if you need help.

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Action step 3.

Participate in education and IEP meetings.

You have a voice in your education, including at IEP or 504 plan meetings. At these meetings you and the IEP team make decisions about your education. You can share your:

  • Goals
  • Ideas
  • Opinions
  • Requests for support
  • Special interests

To get ready for the IEP meeting:

  • Ask team members what will happen at the meeting
  • Plan what you want to share or ask for
  • Ask for accommodations you need for the meeting

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Action step 4.

Develop self-advocacy skills at school.

Self-advocacy is an important skill for people with autism. It means asking for what you need to help you learn and be successful. The classroom is a place where you can learn these skills.

You can ask to include self-advocacy goals in your IEP so that teachers will help you learn:

  • How to identify your strengths and challenges
  • How to identify sensory or social accommodations you need and ask for them
  • How to ask for help when you need it

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You’ve reached the end of the action steps for this support level and age group.

  • To find services and providers in your area, visit our Resource Guide.
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  • Send an email to: help@autismspeaks.org.