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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...

Jon Adams on autism, diagnosis and creativity

In this article, Jon Adams, autistic freelance artist and Artist in Residence/Research Fellow at the University of Portsmouth, discusses the difficulties he faced pre-diagnosis, and how autism has...

Emotional wellbeing and mental health in young autistic people

In this article Dr Caroline Smith, Specialist Educational Psychologist and licensed FRIENDS trainer, explores emotional wellbeing and mental health in young autistic people. Dr Smith looks at...

Transition from secondary school to adulthood

In this article, Rachel Babbidge, Transition Support Coordinator at the National Autistic Society discusses how to prepare and support young autistic people and their families for the transition from...

Anxiety and autism in the classroom

In this article, autism specialist and autistic adult Sarah Hendrickx discusses the topic of anxiety and autism in education. Sarah suggests instead of seeing anxiety as a separate and distinct issue...

An interview with Steve Silberman

Steve Silberman is the author of NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and How to Think Smarter About People Who Think Differently. Steve's award-winning science writing has also appeared in Wired, The...

The SEND reform journey – where are we now?

In this article Lorraine Petersen OBE (Educational Consultant and previous CEO of NASEN) reviews the progress made since the SEND reform was introduced last year. Download a PDF version of this...

Top 5 autism tips: inclusion in education

Andy Cutting, the National Autistic Society's specialist exclusions adviser, gives his Top 5 Tips for overcoming the barriers to inclusion in education. This article aims to provide an easy read...

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