Dr. Áine de Róiste, Psychologist and Senior Lecturer in Social Care in the Department of Applied Social Studies, Munster Technological University, Cork, Ireland.
A welcome 'toolkit' of enlightening guidance and practical strategies valuable to teachers, parents and practitioners across education, health, and social care. This book is divided into easy to find (and read) 'guides' across themes with associated activities and techniques; all anchored in evidence-based practice. Content such as the 'tip's, monologues and frequently asked questions' also illuminate the child's perspective, their needs, as well as their abilities.
Claire O’Neill, autism class teacher, teacher-educator and neurodivergent coach
This is a must-read handbook for school staff working with autistic young people. It is written by educators who share their rich and varied experience in a clear and friendly style that is both accessible and informative. Autistic voice and experience informs each section of the book. This is sure to be a much read and recommended resource in schools.
Mary McKenna, teacher, lecturer and early years autism consultant with The Children’s Clinic
A comprehensive and accessible volume that combines theory, practical strategies, checklists, templates and downloadable resources for busy professionals. Just as the authors identify visuals as the 'WD40 of the autism world', this book could be described as the 'WD40 Autism manual' for schools, full of practical and energy saving tips to support ease of learning for staff and pupils alike. I wish it had been around when I was teaching!
Ann Marie Farrell, Assistant Professor, School of Inclusive and Special Education, Institute of Education, Dublin City University
The Everyday Autism Handbook for Schools by Claire Droney and Annelies Verbiest is a tour-de-force of practical teaching strategies, contextualised in relevant literature and the in-depth pedagogical experience and expertise of both authors. Clear, accessible guidance is accompanied by short vignettes which bring the book to life. The section on teaching strategies comprises subtitles written from the perspective of the child e.g. Make Everything Visual for Me, Motivate Me, Give Me a Schedule, which forefronts the experience of the learner. Core aspects of learning such as oral language and communication, are examined in-depth with insightful suggestions for teaching approaches to enable learning and progress, The authors explicitly enable the learning of teachers and schools by providing useful suggestions for creating inclusive environments and developing collaborative practices. One entire section is devoted to the effective establishment and use of the special class model of support, an issue which is very pertinent in the Irish context at the moment. The book is supplemented by online materials and resources. The target audience for this book is the staff of primary and special schools. However, I suggest that most of the guidance in this book is relevant to the post-primary sector also even if some elements have to be adapted slightly. It would also be a wonderful resource for parents. This is the first book I have read in a long time that combines theory and practice in a manner accessible to a wide range of readers. I will be adding this book to the reading list for my own student teachers.
Dr Laura Crane, Centre for Research in Autism and Education (CRAE), UCL Institute of Education, UK
Droney and Verbiest have produced an absolutely essential resource for everyone involved in supporting autistic children and young people in schools. This book is a treasure trove of practical strategies, complemented with real world examples from the classroom. The authors' strength-based and inclusive ethos, their engaging and accessible style, and their commitment to centering autistic voices, render this book a must-read for all involved with autistic children and schools.
It starts with an impactful visual representing views of autistic students answering the question "what brings you joy"? This is a remarkable opener that reminds us how supporting autistic learners is about using strengths to thrive. It effectively sets the tone for this handbook that is informed movingly in parts by the insights, opinions and commentary from autistic students, families and advocates. This handbook links theory to practice in an accessible way, structured simply in six key parts with each broken into user-friendly guides. The book is accompanied by downloadable appendices which offer concrete resources highly suitable for the busy teacher... This handbook is a clear move away from deficit based and hierarchical structures in autism education, reflecting the centrality of the autistic community in these matters and relating information grounded in research and professional experience in a straightforward way... The insights and tools in this book have the potential to lead to attitudinal and effective change in schools.