Autism and Early Years Practice

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SAGE, Nov 18, 2009 - Education - 176 pages
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This new edition of the leading book in autism and early years practice continues to provide excellent guidance for all early years students and practitioners on how to work with young children who have autism or who appear on the autistic spectrum.

Kate Wall's wise words will resonate with all, as she sets out clear and realistic suggestions for ways to include young children with autism in mainstream settings, supporting her advice with case studies based on her own experience as a practitioner. Each chapter also looks at key issues and offers suggestions for discussion.

Highlights of the new edition include:

- coverage of the latest developments in research

- reference to current early years legislation, including the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

- new case studies, covering the full 0 to 8 age range

- more suggestions for discussion

- updated key texts for further reading.

Every early years student and early years practitioner needs this book; it is an invaluable guide to best practice on how to work with young children with such particular needs.

Kate Wall is Principal Lecturer in Childhood Studies at the University of Chichester. She has worked extensively as a practitioner in the early years, in both mainstream and specialist settings.

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Contents

1 Definitions of autism common features and relevant legislation
1
2 Families of children with autism
29
3 Issues of diagnosis and assessment
49
4 Understanding the world of the child with autism
65
5 Programmes of intervention
83
6 Providing for young children with autism
105
7 Mainstream or special? Issues of inclusion
127
8 Key issues and suggestions for the future
141
Bibliography
147
Index
155
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About the author (2009)

Kate had over twenty years experience as an early years practitioner working with young children with special needs and their families before moving into HE in 1999. She was the Programme Director of the Early Childhood Studies degree programmes in her previous post. Kate has written several books on special needs along with many articles and has presented at National and International conferences. She is currently a member of the National Early Years Advisory Board within NASEN (National Association of Special Educational Needs).

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