With growing numbers of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) being diagnosed in the early years, it is becoming increasingly important for education and health professionals to understand ASD and to implement supportive strategies as part of the everyday curriculum and routine. This book serves as an essential tool kit for anyone working with young children with ASD and speech, language, and communication needs (SLCN). Filled with practical and up-to-date tips, advice, and guidance, it shifts the responsibility of change from the child onto the caregiver, asking the question: what can we do to support the child?
Key features of this book include the following:
- An introduction to ASD
- Detailed case studies illustrating the varied impacts ASD can have on the life of a child
- Practical activities and resources, including planning sheets and activity suggestions
- Easy-to-follow chapters focusing on the classroom environment, communication, social interaction, play, and behaviour
Comprehensive, practical, and evidence based, this manual is essential reading for anyone working with children experiencing social communication difficulties and ASD in an early years setting.
Table of Contents
Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) The early years environment: challenges and opportunities Communication skills Social interaction Play skills in the early years Making sense of behaviour Next steps Appendices
Jennifer Warwick trained as a speech and language therapist in 2003; she has wide-ranging experience with children and young people with ASD and other complex communication needs across both the National Health Service (NHS) and charitable sector and in independent practice (www.londoncommunicationclinic.com). Jennifer is currently undertaking a part-time PhD at City University of London and is committed to research and best practice. She is a joint author of the Early Sociocognitive Battery (ESB) and trains speech therapists to use the assessment tool. Jennifer designs and runs training programmes for parents and professionals to support their knowledge in developing communication skills. In addition to clinical work she has managed and supervised a team of therapists and continues to provide clinical supervision and training to others. She is an advisor for ASD and social communication and research champion for the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT). Jennifer is passionate about improving outcomes in the children and young people she works with.