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.

Sensory Issues

Sensory issues

This section looks at how the impact of perceiving the world in a different way through their senses has received a great contribution from many first person authors in recent years.

The writing and speaking of such people as Donna Williams (1992, 1996), Temple Grandin 1995, 1996) and Wendy Lawson (2000) has enriched our neurotypical understanding of how sensory differences and sensory distortions conspire to give a very different impression of some everyday experiences. The work of occupational therapists, such as the late Jean Ayres (1979) has enhanced our understanding of two additional sensory fields – Proprioception and Proxemics and Vestibular. This has been further developed by the work of Hinder (2004) and Bogdashina (2003). The Triad of Impairments are the key defining ...

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