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Riverside AP Gang: raising autism awareness in a primary school

Sandra Craig, Principal Teacher of Additional Special Needs at Riverside School, Stirling, gives an insight into The Autism Provision Gang (AP Gang) which was a finalist in the 2016 Autism...

Making a ‘Living Classroom’ in the community – the Greenside Studio

Dawn Brown, Autism Lead at Greenside School in Stevenage, describes their ‘living classroom’ in the community project which aims to make employment more accessible to autistic people with severe...

Guten Tag! Why foreign languages have a place in autism education

Victoria Honeybourne, a Senior Advisory Teacher for Speech, Language and Communication Needs, explores the benefits of learning modern foreign languages for autistic children. Victoria is the author...

Promoting happiness in autistic people

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

Is the number of autistic children excluded from school increasing?

Andrew Cutting, Specialist Exclusions & Alternative Provision Advice Coordinator for the National Autistic Society, writes about the exclusion statistics published earlier this year by the...

Involving African families in the education of their autistic children

Olatokunbo Bankole, Special Educational Needs Advisor for Autism PIN, explores how to support African and BME families with autistic children in the education system, highlighting a need to be aware...

Top 5 autism tips for professionals: supporting pupils with PDA

Ruth Fidler, an Education Consultant and author specialising in pathological demand avoidance (PDA) and complex autism, gives us her top 5 tips on supporting pupils with PDA. Download a PDF version...

Autism in the United States: Steve Silberman

As part of our 'autism around the world' series, Steve Silberman discusses attitudes towards autism in the United States in this exclusive article. Steve is the author of NeuroTribes: The Legacy of...

Meeting the educational needs of pupils with PDA

In this article Ruth Fidler, an Education Consultant and author specialising in pathological demand avoidance (PDA) and complex autism, explores some of the difficulties facing pupils with PDA, and...

Autism, art and the classroom

In this article, specialist SEN teacher Claire Tottle discusses her experiences of teaching art to autistic children. Claire shares her ideas for art lessons and gives some practical advice on...

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