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Autism Spectrum Disorder and the Transition into Secondary School

A Handbook for Implementing Strategies in the Mainstream School Setting
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An effective evidence-based programme, this practical handbook provides everything schools need to make the transition from primary to secondary school as smooth and successful as possible for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

The first part of the book explains how to create individualised transition plans for each child, and describes how school staff can collaborate successfully with parents and carers. Part two contains a wealth of practical, photocopiable resources for use directly with pupils on the autism spectrum that help to address their most frequent support needs, including sensory sensitivities, anxiety issues and difficulties with planning and organisation. The resources can be used in a pick and choose way based on the individual needs of the child.

Developed and trialled extensively by the Social Communication Disorders Clinic at Great Ormond Street Hospital, this handbook will be an invaluable resource for SENCOs, teachers, autism support workers, educational psychologists and other professionals working with pupils with ASD.
  • Published: Jan 21 2016
  • Pages: 208
  • 278 x 216mm
  • ISBN: 9781785920189
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Press Reviews

  • Professor Liz Pellicano, Director, Centre for Research in Autism and Education (CRAE), UCL Institute of Education, University College London

    This is an indispensable resource for anyone working with young autistic people. There are so few programmes and resources designed specifically to support young autistic people as they make the transition to secondary school - until now. This handbook describes STEP-ASD, a new programme developed by clinical psychologists at the world-leading Great Ormond Street Hospital, demonstrated to help teachers and professionals ease the transition process for these young people.
  • Professor Tony Charman, Chair in Clinical Child Psychology, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology Neuroscience, King’s College London

    This book is essential reading for teachers, special needs coordinators, clinicians and parents caring for children with autism spectrum disorders facing the sometimes challenging transition from primary to secondary education. It is clear, knowledgeable and insightful; and contains a wealth of resources and materials that make up a "toolbox" to help practitioners and parents support children through this process. I cannot recommend it more highly.