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Good Autism Practice for Teachers

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Good Autism Practice for Teachers

Embracing Neurodiversity and Supporting Inclusion

AUTHOR : By Karen Watson

ISBN : 9781914171475

Edition No : 1

Publication : Mar 15, 2022

Extent : 160 pgs

ISBN : 9781914171482

Edition No : 1

Publication : Mar 15, 2022

Extent : 160 pgs

ISBN : 9781914171499

Edition No : 1

Publication : Mar 15, 2022

Extent : 160 pgs


This is an accessible guide for all trainees and teachers, including SENCOs, providing practical, evidence-informed ways to support neurodivergent learners that will also benefit all pupils.

It takes a close look at the theory around autism, including procedural /semantic memory, executive functioning, expressive/receptive language, sensory integration, behaviour as communication, and the importance of emotional literacy, co-regulation and resilience. It then delivers plenty of practical advice and suggestions to incorporate these ideas into day-to-day teaching, presenting high quality strategies to promote positive relationships and maximise teaching and learning outcomes. The book moves away from labels and encourages good inclusion practice to address the full range of needs in both mainstream primary and secondary to create the inclusive classroom.




  1. Executive Functioning
  2. Procedural / Semantic Memory
  3. Sensory Processing
  4. Expressive/ Receptive Language
  5. Behaviour as Communication
  6. Emotional Literacy


  1. The power of positive language
  2. Environmental influences
  3. Positive relationships and co-regulation
  4. Regulation and resilience
  5. Consistency and predictability
  6. Structure and organisation
  7. Social and life skills



Karen Watson is an Additional Support Needs (ASN) educator, inclusion champion and teacher. She has worked in the sector for over ten years and is passionate about all things ASN / SEND, especially helping other professionals increase their confidence, knowledge and opportunities for inclusion. She currently works for East Ayrshire Council, has written for the TES and reaches out to other professionals via her podcast - Scottish ASN Teacher - and as a presenter on Teacher Hug Radio.



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