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Transition or Transformation?
     

Transition or Transformation?

by John Clements, Julia Hardy, Stephanie Lord
 

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Young people with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) can often find the step into adulthood and independence more difficult than their neurotypical peers, particularly where employment is concerned. The authors show, however, that with the right guidance and a positive attitude in schools, young people with ASD can be every bit as happy and successful as those who

Overview

Young people with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) can often find the step into adulthood and independence more difficult than their neurotypical peers, particularly where employment is concerned. The authors show, however, that with the right guidance and a positive attitude in schools, young people with ASD can be every bit as happy and successful as those who are not on the spectrum.

The book describes a programme developed over a number of years by teachers at a school for young people with ASD, which successfully enabled autistic pupils to achieve their full potential. The authors explain in detail the challenges faced by the young people at the school and show how, encouraged by a culture of optimism and hopefulness, the programme developed their confidence and skills, with the result that many of them are now in employment. The book also provides an in-depth exploration of a multitude of styles and techniques for building relationships. Concluding with a reflection on leadership and organisational culture, the authors demonstrate that if the approach is adopted by an entire school and not just a handful of teachers, it really can work.

This inspiring and innovative book will be a must for educators at every level, psychologists, academics, and anyone else interested in a positive educational approach that will enable young people with ASD to get the most out of life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781843109648
Publisher:
Jessica Kingsley Publishers Ltd
Publication date:
06/15/2010
Pages:
172
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

John Clements is a clinical psychologist of over forty years' standing, specializing in the field of developmental disabilities. He has previously worked for the NHS and university system in the UK and jointly established the UK's first independent psychology practice specializing in issues for people with developmental disabilities. He has also worked as a behavior consultant in California, taking a particular interest in helping people with autism and their families.

Julia Hardy is Principal Educational Psychologist at The Duke's Centre in Kingston, London. She has worked with autistic children for many years.

Stephanie Lord has worked with young people with autism since 1979. She developed the Touch Talks programme for children with autism. Stephanie is Chair of the Association for Heads and teachers of Adults and Children with Autism, as well as representing education on the International Federation of Aromatherapists. She is currently Principal of Heathermount, The Learning Centre.

John Clements is a clinical psychologist of over thirty years' standing, specializing in the field of developmental disabilities. He has previously worked for the NHS and university system in the UK and jointly established the UK's first independent psychology practice specializing in issues for people with developmental disabilities. Julia Hardy is Principal Educational Psychologist at The Duke's Centre in Kingston, London. She has worked with autistic children for many years. Stephanie Lord is a retired Headteacher and Director of Children’s Services who has worked with young people with autism since 1979. She developed the BERIS and Touch Talks programme for children with autism and is currently furthering these approaches in Romania.

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