SENDIASS Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information Advice and Support Service or SENDIASS provides free impartial, confidential and accurate information, advice and support about education, health and social care for children, young people and their parents on matters relating to special educational needs and disability. We work to the Minimum Standards for SENDIASS and our team of senior practitioners are able to support, inform and advise on the basis of legal training and a detailed knowledge of education. Find out more about our policies We are part of the London Stockport Yorkshire & Humber Warwickshire Wiltshire Case Studies & News About us Using origami through the EHC plan process Thomas is 9, he has ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder). He likes things to make sense. Things that make sense are planned and follow logical steps, they don’t change suddenly and without warning. He sometimes struggles at school because of the way things work and things that people do don’t make sense to him. He goes to school to learn things so it’s a good day when he learns something new and a bad day when he can’t learn. Struggling with the EHC plan processAt first Thomas wasn’t interested in contributing to the EHC plan (Educational Health and Care Plan) process as he felt it asked lots of questions that people should already know the answer to. There were lots of questions in the Local Authority paperwork asking how he felt about things, which Thomas didn’t really understand, as feelings and emotions don’t make sense to him. At his first visit Thomas made an origami bird and it stopped his fingers fidgeting, which helped him think better. With the support of his parents Thomas was able to complete some of the EHC plan Needs Assessment but he got bored quite quickly and the information was limited to one word answers. Thomas’ aspirations and views were at the centre of all assessment and planning as it was important that he be engaged in the EHCP process and able to contribute as much as possible. Engaging Thomas in the EHC plan processDuring the second visit fortune teller origami was used to gather a profile on Thomas’ views. The activity worked well as Thomas was engaged and actually enjoyed answering the questions in order to finish the activity. In addition the activity gave him something else to do whilst we were talking, making him feel more comfortable. This meant that more information could be gathered and ensured that he could make as much of a contribution to the process as possible. Thomas left the visit with his ‘one-page profile origami’ which he was able to share with other people giving him a way to share his views with people supporting him. Photos of it were included in the child’s contributions to the EHC Needs Assessment adding a creative input to the panel decision and allowing the panel to see the person centred approaches needed in order that Adam can be supported to reach his academic and social potential.