This resource is designed to support education and health professionals to better understand how autism (including Asperger's syndrome) can present in girls; explaining the various difficulties and disadvantages that girls on the autism spectrum can face in educational settings.
As well as providing background information and theory, the resource offers practical strategies for working with girls with autism spectrum conditions. The resource contains a broad range of worksheets and activities on key issues: self-awareness; preparing for school life; learning; wider school life; preparing for employment; and preparing for further study.
- illustrated throughout with real-life quotes and case studies
- guidance on best practice when working with girls with autism spectrum conditions
- activities and resources for young females on the autism spectrum to support them in developing self-awareness, coping strategies and learning skills.
Table of Contents
1. About this book 2. An introduction to the autism spectrum 3. School and educational experiences for girls and young women on the autism spectrum 4. Workbooks and activities
Victoria Honeybourne is a senior advisory teacher for speech, language and communication needs. She has previously worked as a specialist language unit teacher, teacher of special educational needs and as a mainstream secondary school teacher. She is the author of several articles and books, including The Speech, Language and Communication Pocketbook (Teachers' Pocketbooks, 2014) and our own The Sky's the Limit: A mental wellbeing workbook for young people with SEN (2015). The author has herself been given a diagnosis of Asperger's and has a particular interest in working to support other females on the autism spectrum.
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"This is an extremely useful and informative book which looks at Asperger’s and autism in females. It is written by an experienced, senior advisory teacher who has autism herself.
It is a fascinating read, with case studies, personal experiences, educational and life advice and includes practical suggestions for understanding and intervention. It also contains photocopiable worksheets / activities and online access to printed resources.
The book covers both personal and school strategies progressing from the primary school years through to further and higher education and is easy to read for planning. It contains very useful advice in the “Ideas for Schools” suggestion boxes and the case studies / fact sheets are enlightening for ‘neurotypicals’. The book would make a good resource for all those involved in educational roles, including undergraduate students.
The final section on preparing for examinations, wider school life and preparing for employment or college / university would also be useful for parents.
In my opinion this book should be on every SENCo’s bookshelf and made available to all class teachers in every school!" — Janet Oostendorp, member of nasen Advisory Panel, Specialist SpLD Teacher and PhD student (from nasen Connect)
"This book offers multiple insights. For example, offering a quiet place for any student to read a book during breaks can help them to normalise preferences, rather than setting children up for rejection by insisting that they go and play." — Joseph Lee, TES
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