Provides professional guidance for practitioners in educational support roles, and offers tools and strategies for working confidently with pupils from across the autistic spectrum.

What is Possible in your Role

What is possible in your role

Finally in this chapter we look at what the support worker can do to be an effective member of staff. The positive qualities of effective supporters of people with ASD are looked at as well as how to work with your other commitments and how to maximise your potential for a satisfying working life.

The authors recognize that support workers cannot effect change alone. Most support workers enjoy their work, and its variety often reinforces their working relationship with the children. Many things are possible provided we have the time, the motivation and the valuing feedback from our colleagues.

Peeters and Jordan (1999) believe that ‘extraordinary people require extraordinary professionals’ in the field of autism. They ...

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