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Asperger Syndrome - What Teachers Need to Know


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Introduction. 1. What is Asperger Syndrome? 2. What signs might a child display? 3. What are some general strategies for the classroom? 4. What are some individual strategies for the pupil? 5. How can I help the pupil with AS to learn? 6. What about homework? 7. How do I help the child's stress? 8. What should the Teacher Aide be focusing on? 9. Who else in the school needs to know? 10. What should happen before the child changes class or school? 11. How can the wider school help? 12. Am I qualified to teach this child? I want to know more - where should I start? Further Reading. References. Websites. Resources. Some common conditions associated with Asperger Syndrome. Index.

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The concise basics every teacher needs to know about AS in the classroom

About the Author

Matt Winter began his career as a teacher and private tutor where he gained extensive experience working with children with Asperger Syndrome and conducted significant research into supportive intervention techniques. Matt is also actively involved in charity work focused on youth development, support and education. He resides in Wellington, New Zealand. Clare Lawrence is a teacher, autism worker and mother of two children, one of whom has AS. She works closely with schools across the UK, exploring practical solutions for how to make education more accessible for children with AS. Clare lives in Peterborough, UK.


Praise for the second edition'The book is immensely practical and there are sections on how to deploy the teaching assistant, what to do about homework, and how to defuse a difficult situation when, despite your best efforts, meltdown occurs. Equally important, the authors manage to give an insight into the mind of the child with Asperger Syndrome which helps teachers to understand how the child is likely to view the world and how they can make their classroom a non-threatening, secure place in which the child can relax and flourish... This book really does provide "all teachers need to know" about teaching a child with Asperger Syndrome'

-- NAPLIC Matters
The book provides a quick overview of AS and outlines a child's areas of difficulty, while also stressing some positive characteristics... This book is an easy-to-read quick guide for teachers on AS. It is a great place to start and can certainly help teachers to get moving in the right direction. This book can also help parents learn what a teacher can do to work effectively with their child. If a teacher is struggling with understanding your child, perhaps this book would be a nice gift! -- S-O-S Research
The authors' experience has been distilled into an extremely useful book that would fit readily into a bag and one would expect it to become a well-used resource for any staffroom. -- Mary Mountstephen, SEN Magazine.

Praise for the first edition'This book is very practical in nature. It would be relevant to all teachers and is an essential tool for those in training. Parents would be advised to obtain a copy to help them support their child through the procedures associated with the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice. They might even like to buy a copy for the staffroom! This is a very valuable and easily accessible addition to your 'survival in the classroom' toolkit.'

-- British Journal of Special Education
Wonderful! This book is clear, well-written and has some good suggestions. I found all of this book useful in various ways. Matt Winter seems to have an excellent understanding of children with AS and the challenges life can throw at them; he also presents sensible solutions to some of those challenges. If any child with AS goes into the school system I'd recommend this book for the teacher! -- Education Otherwise
The book is very readable and manages to fit a lot of information into a small space. The author's experience as a primary school teacher means that the suggestions made are ones that can be easily and practically applied in a classroom, with or without additional support. -- Jennie Webster Peach Case Manager
The book presents a balanced look at the positive and negative traits of the syndrome and thoroughly describes the four distinct components of AS: social interaction, communication, imagination, and sensory sensitivity. Concrete strategies are presented to assist students with AS to participate fully in school without being remanded to classes for learning disabled students. -- Fore Word Reviews

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