Product Review: How to Support Pupils with Autism Spectrum Condition in Primary School written by Lynn McCann.
We were thrilled to have one of our How to books written by Lynn McCann reviewed by Cate Wood. Here is what Cate had to say about our How to Support Pupils with Autism Spectrum Condition in Primary School book:
“It is probably true to say that, of all the areas of special needs, autism is the one that is written about most frequently.
Bookshop shelves positively groan with material by parents, teachers, celebrities and people with autism; mainstream TV has featured dramas about living with the condition, and magazines and newspapers discuss the issue in two-page features. So it was with some trepidation that I opened this book. I need not have worried. Lynn McCann has produced a lovely publication that does exactly what it says on the cover.
The design uses a well-spaced font, plenty of headings and black and white illustrations. The chapters are cumulative, although there is enough information in each for ‘dipping in’ if a teacher has a specific need; for example, to understand the link between behaviour and autism.
I particularly like the chapters on accessing the curriculum and supporting sensory processing – both are great reminders of simple strategies that can be used in a busy classroom environment. In fact, the chapter on sensory processing could be used as training material for anyone working with autistic children.
A CD-ROM containing supporting material accompanies the publication, and includes a range of documents, plans and photocopiable activities. Although the book is aimed at primary school teachers, and the chapter on accessing the curriculum uses primary school examples, in all honesty it would also make insightful reading for secondary teachers and TAs. The chapters on supporting change and transition, behaviour, supporting sensory processing and elements of accessing the curriculum would be particularly useful. This is one book on autism that has earned its place on the heaving bookshelves of your local bookstore. Ms McCann has written a useful, accessible, informative volume that even the busiest of teachers could read in a couple of evenings.”
Cate Wood has worked in SEN for almost 30 years as a teacher and a trainer. She now offers training around all aspects of special needs, and works for a children’s charity.
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