This edition provides excellent guidance for early years practitioners and students. It has a wealth of information about working with young children who have autism. It offers guidance and advice based on the author’s experience as an early years practitioner and a lecturer in childhood studies.
There is an excellent glossary at the beginning of the book and clarification of the terminology. The book includes case studies and each chapter begins by identifying what will be covered. In addition, every chapter ends with a summary, a list of key issues, suggestions for discussion, links to further reading and useful websites. The author also makes references to a range of therapies such as, music, art, drama and dance therapy.
Chapter 1 Definitions of autism, common features and relevant legislation.
Includes: Developments in special needs and early years provision, Timeline of significant legislation.
Chapter 2 Families of children with autism
Includes: Legislation and guidance, Issues for practitioners, Families of children with autism including siblings and grandparents.
Chapter 3 Issues of diagnosis and assessment
Includes: Delays in the diagnostic process, Diagnostic assessment, After the diagnosis.
Chapter 4 Understanding the world of the child with autism
Includes: Social interaction, Social communication, Key areas of difficulty, sensory difficulties.
Chapter 5 Programmes of intervention
Includes: Specific programmes, Early intervention, Features of effective programmes.
Chapter 6 Providing for young children with autism
Includes: Inclusion, Appropriate support, Adapting the environment, Strategies for dealing with difficult behaviours, repetitive and obsessive behaviours, Developing social and communication strategies.
Chapter 7 Mainstream or special? Issues of inclusion
Includes: Historical developments in inclusive education, Definitions and issues of inclusion.
Chapter 8 Key issues and suggestions for the future
Includes: Key issues, Suggestions for the future.
There are several case studies providing details about real life situations and include:
• Support with social services.
• Family isolation.
• Social interaction.
• Social communication.
• Individual needs.
The book also links to theory and includes Leo Kanner’s clinical paper which discuses early infantile autism. Hans Asperger identification of children and adults demonstrating some of the features of autism. Other theorists in the field are also mentioned. The author discusses the reality of working with children with autism and throughout her book, she weaves in links to theoretical perspectives and interventions. This is an extremely informative book that is easy to read and provides the reader with comprehensive, invaluable information. It is essential reading for practitioners, early years students and anyone wanting to develop their knowledge and understanding of young children and autism. The comprehensive bibliography enables the reader to further develop their knowledge in this area.