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Autism and Early Years Practice

Autism and Early Years Practice

Second Edition

© 2010 | 176 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
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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Definitions of autism, common features and relevant legislation
Families of children with autism
Issues of diagnosis and assessment
Understanding the world of the child with autism
Programmes of intervention
Providing for young children with autism
Mainstream or special? Issues of inclusion
Key issues and suggestions for the future

'Wall includes case studies to enhance the understanding of autism by making it "real" and to help parents and practitioners appreciate how it feels to be a young child with autistic type behaviour and tendencies. A chapter on programmes of intervention provides a very useful summary of some of the specific programmes available to support children and their families. Wall also makes reference to therapies such as music therapy, drama and dance therapy and the role of dietary and vitamin treatments. The book closes with the author's thoughts on some key issues and her suggestions for the future' -
SEN Magazine

'This is a leading book in the field of autism and an essential read for all early years students, practitioners and parents' -
Early Years Educator

'Kate has a profound interest and understanding and puts this over with inspiration' - Cathy Mercer, Publications Officer, The National Autistic Society

Excellent introduction to autism and the early years environment

Miss Maria Nolan Fortune
Career Education , Portobello Institute
November 24, 2016

This is a great text that will support both adult and paediatric nurses introduction to this very specific client group. No family intends to find themselves in an Emergency Dept. this text gives clear background and supporting information that will be beneficial to nurses providing care in this environment. I would also recommend it to other healthcare professionals or nurses working in alternate frontline services.

Mrs Shiela Pantrini
Faculty of Health and Sciences, Staffordshire University
February 11, 2016

Clear descriptions of the issues in relation to ASD

Mrs Alison Loughnane
Early Years Dept, Hopwood Hall College
May 15, 2015

Provides useful information that all teachers should be more aware of.

Mrs Sally Howard
Education and professional studies, Kings College
March 22, 2015

An informative and easy to read book which covers a range of aspects of autism. It is written specifically for early years practitioners but much of the content can be applied to older children also.

Mrs Claire Jackson
School of Education, Kingston University
December 16, 2014

Informative book, to suppoprt learners working with children with Autism or wanting a greater understanding of it.

Miss Kerry Groves
Early Years, Norfolk Adult Education
November 5, 2014

A great resource for those wishing to gain more of an insight into the study of Autism and it's impact on children in the early years. This is an extremely interesting subject for many learners and in today's society we are seeing more and more children in our early years settings displaying traits of ASD. This book covers all areas of interest within Autism from definitions to provision of experiences, thus proving invaluable for those who have a vested interest.

Mrs Gayle McKeag
Health and Well-being, Anniesland College
March 24, 2014

A great text. Very thorough, a very informative read for practitioner, students and teachers.

Ms Caroline Brooks
Childcare & Early Years, Sheffield College
October 1, 2013

Excellent use of ‘real’ case studies. This book is well set-out and each chapter offers key issues, suggestions for discussion and further reading.

Mrs Irene Scott
Faculty , Chester University
May 31, 2013

New to the 2nd edition:

  • 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
  • Further suggestions for discussion
  • Updated key texts for further reading

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