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Supporting Children with Autism in the Primary Classroom
A Practical Approach

ISBN 9781138559509
Published October 17, 2018 by Routledge
118 Pages

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Book Description

This invaluable resource offers a wealth of strategies enabling you to support children with autism in the mainstream classroom. Cutting through the jargon and recognising the huge variety of ways in which children’s perceptions, feelings and behaviours may be affected by autism, the text is packed with practical advice to help you create a classroom environment which will meet the needs of the individual child.

Each chapter in the book addresses some of the most common social, practical and behavioural difficulties that a child with autism may face at school, and details tried and tested approaches for improving their experiences and outcomes in your classroom. Topics discussed include:

  • classroom layout, timetables and rules
  • effective communication
  • supporting learning and setting targets
  • breaks, unstructured times and school trips
  • challenging behaviours

Supporting Children with Autism in the Primary Classroom – A Practical Approach is a highly accessible resource which will give primary teachers, teaching assistants, SENCOs, and parents, the confidence and knowledge they need to support young children with autism.

Table of Contents

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Chapter One: Autism - What it can ‘look like’ in Class

Chapter Two: The Classroom Environment

Chapter Three: Language and Communication

Chapter Four: Accessing the Curriculum and Writing Individualised Targets

Chapter Five: Breaks and Unstructured Times

Chapter Six: Behaviour Management

Chapter Seven: Educational Trips

Chapter Eight: All Things Sensory

Chapter Nine: Some Final Thoughts

Chapter Ten: References


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Dawn Connor currently works as an Early Years Specialist Support Teacher in Scotland. She is a qualified Primary School Teacher with over twenty years’ experience. Dawn currently advises and works with staff in Early Years Establishments to support young children with Additional Support Needs.


Dawn’s publication is crisp, accessible and practical. It is a useful tool for anyone who wants to improve communication and learning in the classroom.

Professor Jean MacLellan O.B.E. - Autism Network Scotland, University of Strathclyde.