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Top 10 tips for new teaching assistants

Emily Marbaix, Content Manager at Axcis Education, originally trained as a secondary science teacher and taught in London for several years before moving to education recruitment. In this article...

Epilepsy and autism

Dr Roberto Tuchman, Chief, Department of Neurology at Nicklaus Children's Hospital, and Angela Barker, Support Worker at the National Autistic Society, share their knowledge on the relationship...

Supporting autistic people in police custody

Patrick Sims, Project Development Officer at the National Autistic Society, explores how police officers can support autistic people in police custody and those that are witnesses. The article...

Fathers of autistic children: an interview with Tom Purser

Tom Purser is Head of Campaigns at the National Autistic Society and is also the father of an autistic child. In this interview filmed at the National Autistic Society Professional Conference in 2017...

Autism and self-harm

Lucy Sanctuary is a Paediatric Speech and Language Therapist working for the NHS and in private practice. In this article she discusses the reasons why autistic children may self-injure, and explores...
Mark Ruffett is headteacher at Selworthy School in Somerset, a co-educational special school for children and young people with learning disabilities aged 4 – 19, approximately 40% of which are...

Autism and the internet: Risks and benefits

Patrick Sims, Project Development Officer at the National Autistic Society, examines the risks and benefits of the internet for autistic people and their families. Patrick discusses issues such as...

Archive of Network Autism interviews

We have been carrying out filmed interviews at our conferences for over two years, in that time we have accumulated an ever growing collection of interviews with leading autism professionals from...

Top 5 autism tips for professionals: supporting pre-school children

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 may be autistic. Dean discusses...

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