IGG INTEREST BADGE Guide Disability Awareness Option 01

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Investigate at least 3 different types of disabilities e.g. intellectual, physical, sensory, emotional and mental health, developmental and autistic spectrum (Understanding Autism Spectrum)


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Aim of Badge To provide an insight into various disabilities

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Introduction Understanding Autism Spectrum
The following activity helps the girls to understand how it would feel to be a child or person with Autism, trying to focus on one thing while so much more is happening around them

• Divide Guides into groups of five and give each Guide a number 1-5. Give each Guide the instructions (see overleaf) Girls must not tell the rest of their group what their activity is but they will soon realise what they are doing

After the exercise, have a group discussion and ask No. 1 how they felt trying to listen to No. 5 when all the rest was going on. Discuss the feel of touch on the skin and the noise. How do they think a person with Autism would feel?

Discussion: Sensory problems
Many children with autism spectrum disorders either under react or over react to sensory stimuli. At times they may ignore people speaking to them, even to the point of appearing deaf. However, at other times they may be disturbed by even the softest sounds. Sudden noises such as a ringing telephone can be upsetting, and they may respond by covering their ears and making repetitive noises to drown out the offending sound. Children on the autism spectrum also tend to be highly sensitive to touch and to texture. They may cringe at a pat on the back or the feel of certain fabric against their skin.


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  • Disability Awareness
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