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Using yoga with autistic pupils

Jyoti Manuel, founder and Lead Practitioner at Special Yoga, explores why they believe that yoga and mindfulness approaches can benefit autistic pupils and staff in schools. Download a PDF of this...

Designing schools for autistic pupils

Martin Peat is Director of Richardson and Peat, a contractor with experience of designing and building schools for autistic children, including the National Autistic Society’s Cullum Centre. Here...

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...

Rise in exclusions for autistic pupils in England

Andrew Cutting, Specialist Exclusions & Alternative Provision Advice Coordinator for the National Autistic Society, explores the rise in the number of autistic pupils in England being excluded....

SEND Code of Practice: advice for schools

In this article, Alex Grady, Education Development Officer at nasen Education, talks about the SEND Code of Practice and offers advice for schools still struggling to implement it. This article...

Webchat with Dr Judith Gould: 25 July 2017

In this final webchat in our series with leading autism experts from around the world, we were very privileged and pleased to welcome the world renowned Clinical Psychologist Dr Judith Gould. The...

Self-harm and autism: an interview with Lucy Sanctuary

Lucy Sanctuary is a paediatric speech and language therapist working for the NHS and in private practice. Lucy kindly agreed to be interviewed for Network Autism when she attended the National...

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...

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