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Amanda Haydock, founder of The Rainbow Project, a specialist, supportive environment for pre-school autistic children, gives her top tips on helping pre-school autistic children to develop...

Autism and diagnosis: advice for teachers

Dean Anthony Da Conceicao, Autism Helpline Adviser at the National Autistic Society, offers some advice for teachers on what to do if they suspect a child they teach maybe autistic. Dean discusses...

Creating autism-friendly classrooms

David Burns, an autistic adult and member of Mensa, is the author of “Do lemons have feathers? More to autism than meets the eye”. He has written a guide which offers strategies to support autistic...

Sensory challenges for autistic pupils

Phoebe Caldwell is an Intensive Interaction practitioner working mainly with autistic children and adults, and the author of many books including The Anger Box: Sensory turmoil and pain in autism. In...

Autism and eating issues: an interview with Dr Elizabeth Shea

Dr Elizabeth Shea is Clinical Psychologist at the Birmingham Food Refusal Service. Elizabeth kindly agreed to be interviewed for Network Autism when she attended the XI Autism-Europe International...

Working with autistic students: language and communication

Victoria Honeybourne, a Senior Advisory Teacher for Speech, Language and Communication Needs at Telford and Wrekin Local Authority, discusses some of the less obvious communication difficulties that...

Filmed presentations from XI Autism-Europe Congress

The XI Autism-Europe Congress took place in Edinburgh this year, hosted by the National Autistic Society and with headline sponsors Axcis Education. Autism-Europe’s international congresses are...

Back to school: resources for school staff

Returning to school, or indeed beginning school for the first time, is a time of enormous change for autistic pupils and involves new routines, environments and people.  Here we have gathered...

Promoting happiness in autistic people

Dr Peter Vermeulen is an autism consultant, lecturer and trainer at Autisme Centraal in Belgium. aIn this article Peter explores why we should be focusing on improving the wellbeing and happiness of...

Girls and autism: flying under the radar

NASEN have published a short guide about girls and autism for educational professionals. Girls and autism: flying under the radar includes advice on supporting autistic girls, and perspectives from...

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