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.

Working with Parents and other Professionals

Working with parents and other professionals

This section will focus on issues around multi-agency and multi-disciplinary working and the importance of developing effective methods of communication and defining roles and responsibilities. The final part of the presentation will suggest ways in which schools can effectively communicate with home via newsletters, meetings, information points, home-school diaries.

A successful service is based on a team of dedicated individuals working together. Ideally this team will consist of representatives from many disciplines. For instance, the current recommendations for the assessment and diagnosis of ASDs (National Initiative for Autism, 2003) are that a multi-disciplinary team of professionals, such as education staff, educational/clinical psychology, speech and language therapy and medical professionals should work together to gather observational ...

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