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.

Providing for Young Children with Autism

Providing for young children with autism

This chapter covers:

  • identifying factors of good practice;
  • exploring effective ways of delivering appropriate support;
  • exploring specific strategies to support the young child with an ASD.


Having explored definitions and characteristics of autism (Chapter 1), implications for families (Chapter 2), diagnosis and assessment (Chapter 3), the world of the child with autism (Chapter 4) and programmes of intervention (Chapter 5) this chapter will begin to pull together the threads and offer strategies for parents and practitioners. Key issues will be identified and discussed, and practical and realistic ideas for practitioners will emerge which will not only enhance practice, but also enable children with autism to participate more fully in the home and early years setting. The case studies offered in Chapter 4 will be revisited to demonstrate ...

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