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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 is on the autistic spectrum. Dean discusses...
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...

Gender dysphoria and autism: Challenges and support

Dr Sally Powis, Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the Kingwood Trust and Spectrum Specialists, gives a clinician's view of the particular challenges for autistic people with gender dysphoria, and...

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...

Peer mentoring and autism in school: an interview with Ryan Bradley

Ryan Bradley is a Research Fellow at the Autism Centre for Education and Research (ACER), University of Birmingham. The focus of his research is on the inclusion of autistic students in mainstream...

Autism in Greece: improving awareness

As part of our series of articles focusing on 'autism around the world', Polly Kourasti, Psychologist and Holiday Program Coordinator for A Million Senses discusses the current landscape of support,...

Autism and employment: an interview with Callum McCrosson

Callum McCrosson is the Befriending and Mentoring Coordinator at the National Autistic Society for Scotland. Callum kindly agreed to be interviewed for Network Autism when he attended the XI Autism-...

Top 5 autism tips for professionals: Cutting autistic children's hair

Going to the hairdressers can be a very distressing experience for autistic children due to sensory issues such as a sensitivity to noise and touch. In this article Jim the Trim, a hairdresser from...

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...

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