1st Edition

The Neurodiversity Handbook for Teaching Assistants and Learning Support Assistants A Guide for Learning Support Staff, SENCOs and Students

By Sarah Alix Copyright 2024
    162 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by David Fulton Publishers

    162 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by David Fulton Publishers

    162 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by David Fulton Publishers

    This highly practical book supports the knowledge and development of teaching assistants and learning support assistants (TAs/LSAs) in their understanding of neurodivergent pupils.

    Considering a neurodivergent world is vital in society today, and even more so in the classroom. Starting with a model of difference rather than deficit and highlighting the complexities involved, this accessible resource focuses on effective strategies to support these pupils and explores the vital role of learning support in a range of different contexts. Rich in pedagogical features, this book includes chapter objectives, areas for the reader to reflect upon, links throughout to the Teaching Assistant Standards and case studies for the reader to examine. Each chapter also has a further reading section which will include links to articles, websites, and organisations that can aid and support the development of TAs and LSAs.

    This important work will provide Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators (SENCos) with a framework to support their support staff in the classroom.

    Introduction: How to use this book

    Chapter 1 – Introduction to Neurodiversity: What is Neurodiversity?

    Chapter 2 – The Learning Environment in a Neurodivergent World

    Chapter 3 – Behaviour Management and Neurodivergent Pupils

    Chapter 4 – Pupil Well-Being and Neurodiversity

    Chapter 5 – Supporting the Assessment Needs of Neurodivergent Pupils

    Chapter 6 – Supporting Progression of Neurodivergent Pupils

    Chapter 7 – Working in Different Formats: One-to-One, Groups and Interventions

    Chapter 8 – Working Collaboratively


    Dr Sarah Alix has worked in Education for nearly 20 years. Sarah has experience across a range of settings including schools and universities. She has a Doctorate in Education, a psychology degree, and postgraduate qualifications including the SENCo award and PGCert in Autism. Sarah has a great personal awareness and understanding of neurodiversity through her own family members.