Good Autism Practice for Teachers: Embracing Neurodiversity and Supporting Inclusion

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Karen Watson is an Additional Support Needs educator, inclusion champion and teacher, with over ten years experience in this field. She also hosts a podcast: ‘Scottish ASN Teacher’ and presents on Teacher Hug Radio. In the introduction, she establishes that the book is aimed at a wide audience, based on developmental stages rather than primary/ secondary lines and that the strategies are designed to be applicable to all settings and stages. She also encourages the reader to treat the book as an on-going resource, engaging actively with the content on a regular basis.

The book is divided into two parts, covering areas such as:

  • Executive functioning and theory of mind
  • Sensory processing 
  • Behaviour as communication
  • Environmental influences
  • Consistency and predictability

This is a well-structured text, with useful images / visuals to support deeper understanding and with many examples of best practice. Each chapter includes key points, reflective questions and information on further reading and associated references. 

The chapter on ‘Change the Language’, is typical of the book’s format, in the ways in which, for example, Watson carefully explains the power of language and the need for all adults to be vigilant in challenging inappropriate language choices and respecting the needs of the autistic community. 

This is a very accessible book and I can see that it will become well-used and often referred to, as Watson hopes.

Author: K. Watson
Publisher: Critical Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 978-1-914171-47-5
Price: £18.99

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