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Working with Asperger Syndrome in the Classroom
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Understanding Asperger Syndrome can be a real challenge, more so than ever for busy teachers and teaching assistants who simply don't have the time to plough through the wealth of complicated literature available on the subject. This accessible, short and snappy guide to the basics will provide anyone working in an inclusive classroom with everything they need to know to make their job easier, and to make a real difference to any AS student in their care. The book consists of practical advice, and begins by looking at how children with AS operate and the implications this has for mainstream school settings. It goes on to give practical advice for one-on-one working, DIY resources for visual learners, tools for effective assessment, and much more. Information on how personal wellbeing can be maintained in potentially stressful situations is also included, and the concise chapters are ideal for busy TAs to dip into as and when they are in need of inspiration. This book will be an invaluable resource for any teacher or teaching assistant working with Asperger Syndrome.
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Table of Contents

Preface. Introduction: Working with Asperger Minds. Part I: What is Asperger Syndrome? 1. Autistic Spectrum Disorders. 2. Understanding Asperger Syndrome. 3. Literal Thinking. Part II: Working with an Individual with Asperger Syndrome. 4. The Beginning. 5. Individual Work Stations. 6. Behaviour Management Sessions. 7. Small Group Work and Working One to One. 8. Breaktimes and Lunchtimes. 9. Restraints. 10. Role-Play and Puppets. 11. Worksheets and Word Searches. 12. Acronyms. Part III: Dealing With Feelings. 13. Anxieties. 14. Managing Anger with Exercise. 15. Emotions - The Feelings Book. Part IV: Ideas for Visual Learners. 16. Visual Learners. 17. Oops! Cards. 18. The Strategy Book. 19. Cards and Rewards. 20. Sand and Egg Timers. 21. The Home/School Diary. 22. The Good Book. 23. Visual Conversations. Part V: Assessing Children with Asperger Syndrome. 24. Record Keeping. 25. Graphs. Part VI: Everything Else You Need to Know. 26. Choices and Standing Your Ground. 27. Bullying. 28. The Translator. 29. Finding Solutions. 30. Keeping Sane - Seeing the Glass Half Full. 31. Jake. 32. Snippets for Learning. Index.

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Tools for assessment, visual learners and one-on-one working with students with AS

About the Author

Gill D. Ansell has over 14 years' experience of ASDs, and previously worked as a teaching assistant, both at schools for children with Autism and Asperger Syndrome, and in a mainstream primary school. She has experience of running support groups for mainstream teachers and teaching assistants supervised by an Educational Psychologist, and possesses an in-depth knowledge of the difficulties that can arise with a child on the autistic spectrum at school and at home, and how these can be alleviated.

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Chapters offer practical advice for teaching strategies, DIY resources for visual learners, tools for assessment, and more. Highly recommended as a top pick for any education collection! -- The Midwest Book Review It is a down-to-earth, highly readable, jargon-free guide, easily digested and an ideal book for anyone working with an Aspergers pupil. -- Red Reading Hub - Jillrbennett's Reviews of Children's Books Ansell concentrates on providing readers with a wealth of recommendations for overcoming the many challenges that the teaching assistant working with autistic individuals faces... Many of the strategies presented - the use of social stories, cards the pupil can display to indicate frame of mind etc. will be familiar to the experienced teacher or teaching assistant operating within this field. However, there is such a vast amount of advice presented that even the experienced practitioner will discover useful suggestions to enhance a repertoire of strategies... Perhaps the most compelling aspect of this book is Ansell's seemingly limitless enthusiasm for her work. Repeatedly she demonstrates a resilient ability to develop strategies in the face of challenging situations... For the new entrant to the world of autistic spectrum disorders, whether teaching assistant or teacher, this book will prove a valuable resource both for the vast amount of practical advice it contains and the passion with which it is presented. -- Bulletin This is an excellent book for all practitioners within the educational, health and independent sectors who come into contact with children with Asperger Syndrome. It is essential for Special Educational Needs Coordinators and teaching assistants, and also suitable for early years practitioners. Easy to read with a very comprehensive index, it is a good insight into inclusion, and is full of tried and tested advice for whole class, small group and 1:1 teaching. User friendly chapters on individual practical strategies include Oops cards and visual conversations, which were new to me. I tried them out successfully and have added them to my strategy bank... This book makes sense of a very complex and varied disorder. It is written by an author with firsthand experience, and lots of common sense, who obviously knows what she is talking about. -- Speech & Language Therapy in Practice If a child's needs are not being met at school it can be really difficult for parents to get across in meetings exactly how they would like the school to help their child. This book with its practical advice and its accessible explanations will offer lots of ideas to all parties taking part in discussions about how a school might best meet the special educational needs of children with AS. With strategies that can be applied to both secondary and primary schools, this book will be useful to both educational professionals and parents alike. -- Ellen Power, Author of 'Guerrilla Mum - Surviving the Special Educational Needs Jungle' This book goes on to give practical advice for one-to-one teaching, DIY resources for visual learners and tools for effective assessment. Information about how personal wellbeing can be safeguarded in stressful situations is also focal point. The short concise chapters make it easy to dip in and out of using simple language that is easy to digest. -- Adveriser & Times

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