Praise for the First Edition

“A remarkable reference resource. It is, without a doubt, the most absorbing and easily absorbed book we have seen, setting out the most comprehensive survey of the history, definitions, needs of carers and sufferers, issues of diagnosis, and much, much more.” - Nurturing Potential

This new edition of the leading book in autism and early years practice continues to provide excellent guidance for all early childhood students and practitioners on how to work with young children who have autism, or who appear on the autistic spectrum.

Kate Wall's wise words will resonate with all, as she sets out clear and realistic suggestions for ways to include young children with autism in mainstream settings, supporting her advice with case studies based on her own experience as a practitioner. Each chapter also looks at key issues and offers suggestions for discussion.

Highlights of the new edition include:

Coverage of the latest developments in research; Reference to current early years legislation; Reference to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS); New case studies, covering the full Birth to 8 age range; New suggestions for further reading

Every early childhood student and early childhood practitioner needs this book; it is an invaluable guide to best practice when working with young children with such particular needs.

Understanding the World of the Child with Autism

Understanding the world of the child with autism

This chapter covers:

  • the world as experienced by the child with autism;
  • the three key areas of difficulties;
  • additional sensory and behavioural issues.


Before we are able to help and support children with autism we, as parents and professionals, need to have an understanding of the child's world, which is very different from our own. If we cannot begin to understand the ways in which children with autism see and react to the world around them, then our support may be at best limited, but at worst may inadvertently compound their experiences.

When presented with a young child with autism, whether in the home or in an early years setting, we may be presented with a child that does not communicate, play, ...

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