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Autistic Spectrum Disorders in the Early Years

Autistic Spectrum Disorders in the Early Years

February 2007 | 112 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Autistic Spectrum Disorders in the Early Years provides information on the services that are available for children from birth to five years and addresses issues related to identification, assessment, teaching and learning, and family support.

Illustrated with case studies provided by parents and practitioners, this resource covers:

  • The Code of Practice for SEN & the SEN and Disability Discrimination Act 
  • Identification of children's learning and assessment needs 
  • Examples of positive multi-agency practice and collaboration 
  • Effective partnerships with parents 
  • Social skills and behavior
  • Alternative intervention and home-based programs 
  • Transition from pre-school to kindergarten

This book is ideal for pre-school playgroup and nursery staff, child care providers, and parents.

1. The Code of Practice for SEN – explaining the graduated response, the systems in education, the role of the SENc in the Early Years
2. The SEN and Disability Discrimination Act (2002)- how it impacts on the rights of individuals with ASD and their families.
3. Identification and Assessment- issues around diagnosis, assessment tools and monitoring progress.
4. Family relationships- how a child with ASD will impact on family dynamics- advice for parents and siblings
5. Roles and Responsibilities of Early Years Practioners- psychologists, G.Ps, health visitors, CAMHS, education, play groups, social services etc
6. Service Provision – good practice examples of multi-agency colloboration in service provision from health, social services, PPA and education
7. Partnership with Parents- the role of the voluntary sector, parent partnership shemes, family support groups, health, social services and education
8. Social Skills Training- personal hygiene, feeding, language and communication
9. Managing Behaviour- finding the triggers, using the right strategies, creating a stress free environment
10. Community Involvement- helping young children to cope in the outside world, leisure, shopping, local playgroup, nursery etc
11. Alternative Intervention and Home-Based Programmes- an objective overview of what’s available
12. The Transition from School to Pre-School Services

'An extremely helpful, compact guide for anyone working in early years education... provides clear information for all professionals who work with children from birth to five with autistic spectrum disorders... A short, accessible and reader-friendly book that addresses the key issues' - Nursery Education

Links well to course content

Mrs Terrie Blaszczyk
Froebel College, Roehampton University
August 31, 2017

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