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Supporting Pupils on the Autism Spectrum in Secondary Schools
A Practical Guide for Teaching Assistants

ISBN 9781138783355
Published October 27, 2014 by Routledge
202 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Written to meet the needs of teaching assistants and learning support assistants, this book provides a practical toolkit for supporting students on the autistic spectrum in mainstream secondary schools.

The book offers a clear, jargon free explanation of autism spectrum conditions and examines the difficulties arising from these conditions and how they can impact on students’ learning. Addressing issues which arise on a daily basis, it is full of practical advice and strategies for supporting students socially and academically across all areas of the curriculum.

Features include:

    • templates to scaffold students’ comprehension and learning in different subject areas
    • forms to help with information collection and evaluation
    • advice on supporting students through examinations
    • examples and case studies to illustrate how the strategies described work in practice

Packed with photocopiable resources that can be adapted to suit individual students’ needs, this book is essential reading for teaching assistants that want to help their students’ on the autism spectrum to reach their full potential.

Table of Contents

PART ONE  1. The Strengths of an Individual with Asperger Syndrome  2. Important things to know about Autism Spectrum Conditions  3. Autism Spectrum Conditions in History  4. A Brief History of Asperger Syndrome  5. Girls with Asperger Syndrome  6. Parents are a Valuable Resource – Use Them  Dear SENCo  PART TWO  7. Be Prepared! Transition into Secondary School  Pupil Passport  8. Sensory Overload - Strategies for Creating an Autism Friendly Environment  9. The Real Challenge - Managing Behaviour  10. Discipline and Pupils with AS  11. Bullying and Asperger Syndrome  PART THREE  12. High Stakes Examinations  13. Organization - Practicalities  14. Autism is a Communication Difficulty  15. Handwriting Difficulties, Poor Working Memory and Scribing for a Pupil with AS  16. Written Assignments – Be Specific 17. English Literature  18. GCSE Drama Project  19. Interpreting Images: English Language, History and Geography  20. Practical Subjects: Science and the Technologies  21. School Trips

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Cary Canavan is a Consultant in Autism specializing in Asperger Syndrome. She offers training, advice and support for those teaching and employing young people with AS.