A growing number of students with autistic spectrum disorders (ASDs) are educated in general education settings. To support them effectively and maximize their learning potential, it is essential that all school staff fully understand their needs. This complete training package demonstrates the value of using self-evaluation tools to improve services, and includes:Guidance on delivering professional development to ensure inclusive practices schoolwideActivities and case studies to facilitate discussion Discussions of issues related to School Access Plans and the Disability Equality DutyAdvice on useful resources, literature, and Web sitesA CD-ROM with PowerPoint slides Teachers, SENCOs, and management staff in primary and secondary schools will find this an essential training resource.

The Impact of the Triad of Impairments on Everyday Life

The impact of the triad of impairments on everyday life

This section will explore issues around the Triad of Impairments (difficulties in communication and interaction and rigidity of thought) and how these impact on everyday life. Things we often take for granted, such as non verbal clues and body gestures are often lost on individuals with ASD. The language of schools is full of idioms and sarcasm and phrases which can easily by misinterpreted by individuals with ASDs who tend to take things literally. Their rigidity of thought and love of rules and routines can be viewed very positively at times but only if the rules and routines do not change. This section will provide strategies ...

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