World Autism Awareness Week
World Autism Awareness week starts on 27th March until 2nd April.
At least 1 in 100 people in the UK has autism (The National Autistic Society, 2017). As prospective teachers and students of education, you will have direct access to students in a learning environment. Learning about autism in fun and imaginative ways at school will help spread the word about why it’s important to understand and accept autism.
The National Autistic Society has a wealth of autism resources for you to use as teachers, and offers lots of helpful tips and practical advice.
Click here for more information and guidance as professionals/teachers
There are plenty of things you can do to help raise awareness of autism within schools and The National Autistic Society have free teacher resource packs and lesson plans that are level specific available on their website.
Click here to download the packs and/or powerpoint for each level
Below are some resources where you can find further information on autism available in the library, and some examples of journal articles and journals about SEND you can find on Discover.
Social-communicative effects of the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) in Autism Spectrum Disorders by Anna Lerna et al, in International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, September 2012, 47:5, pp.609-617.
Profound Expressive Language Impairment in Low Functioning Children with Autism: An Investigation of Syntactic Awareness Using a Computerised Learning Task, by Maggie McGonigle-Chalmers et al, in Journal of Autism & Developmental Disorders, Sepetember 2013, 43:9, pp.2062-2081.
British Journal of Special Education (Full Text access through Professional Development Collection from 1998 to Present, with a 1 year delay).
Teaching Children & Young People with Special Educational Needs & Disabilities by Sarah Martin-Denham. Available at St. Peter’s Library, shelfmark: 371.9/M07
Provision Mapping and the SEND Code : Making it Work in Primary, Secondary and Special Schools by Anne Massey. Available at Murray Library, shelfmark 379.158094/M07, and online as an ebook.