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Table of Contents: Part One: Understanding the Autism Spectrum Introduction to the Autism Spectrum The Diagnosis of Autism A Different Perspective on Autism: Neurodiversity Developing Your Autism Lens Talking with Children and Young People about Autism Part Two: Developing Skills and Promoting Well-Being in Children and Young People with Autism What Works and Who Can Help? Autism-Friendly Educational Settings Developing Social Skills Developing Communication and Understanding Emotional Well-Being and Mental Health Part Three: Working with Behaviour Understanding and Managing Challenging Behaviours Feeding and Eating Issues Sleep Difficulties Aggression and Self-Injury Managing Repetitive and Restricted Behaviours and Routines Managing Sensory Issues
Dr Samantha Todd is a clinical psychologist who works with children and adolescents with learning disabilities. She also provides regular training for teachers and children's services, and has coA--developed a programme for behavioural difficulties, "Riding the Rapids: Living with Autism or Disability"A'. Outside of work, Samantha spends most of her time with her son Billy!
"As head teacher of a specialist support primary school which has amongst its numbers over 50 pupils with autism I can see a place for this book on the shelves of our resource library. It would be a useful addition to support both parents and practitioners. Easy to read, with bite size nuggets of useful information, the book flows logically, touching on the key areas involved in supporting children with autism. The book provides a basic introduction to the subject of autism, an overview and some manageable strategies and tips to implement. "Dr Samantha Todd has set out in an easily accessible and un-daunting way a useful guide book or check list for the teacher wishing to know they have 'got it right.' The book details the key areas that need to be in place to maximize the potential for pupils to make progress and goes on to tell you what you can do to support those learning areas."--Andy Pitts M.Ed autism, Head Teacher, The Birches Specialist Support Primary School, Manchester "This is a very nice, concisely written work that will be especially helpful for parents trying to get 'up to speed' when their children are newly diagnosed. The book covers a wealth of material quickly without over simplifying. Highly recommended both for finding practical solutions and for better understanding the 'big picture' of what an individual on the spectrum may be experiencing."--Lars Perner, PhD Assistant Professor of Clinical Marketing, Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California "This excellent little book, cogently written by Dr Samantha Todd fills a useful gap in the literature about autism spectrum disorder. The author, a clinical psychologist working in Manchester, has written a very accessible book which will be appreciated equally by parents and carers as well as by professionals working in children's services. The many themes covered in the book will be particularly relevant to those working in schools and early years settings re