Autism and Girls

The Article below appeared in the Guardian (15th September 2018), giving new evidence and insight into the female presentation of Autism.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/sep/14/thousands-of-autistic-girls-and-women-going-undiagnosed-due-to-gender-bias

The article is based on an interview with Professor Francesca Happe, who is co – Editor of a forthcoming book on Autism and Girls, (details below)

Autism And Girls Book Flyer

How do children born prematurely learn?

This is question I am often asked. My key thought in responding is that these children are often ‘wired differently’ – their brains are not configured as those of a full term infant might be. This does not automatically imply that they will have a learning disability or special educational need, but teachers need to be prepared that that these children may not perceive and deduct from information given, in the ways we usually expect from children.

Indeed, to repeat again the phrase given to me by the mother of a boy born at 24 weeks gestation after observing his first term in school, he is ‘wired differently’ . As a as a Teacher I then have so ask , “so of he is wired differently , in what ways does he learn differently ? And when I know how he learns differently, in what ways do I teach differently?”

Many teachers find the Engagement Profile (http://engagement4learning.com), a useful observational tool to profile neurodiversity in children, particularly as we start a new academic year.

This article may guide and refresh thinking around how we engage children whose learning pathways are different due to prematurity of birth.

Professor Barry Carpenter CBE,OBE,PhD.

September, 2018

Prematurity and the challenge for educators
Prematurity and the challenge for educators, SEND Magazine Article 2015

 

Girls and Autism (Book Update)

Latest Update on Forthcoming Book ‘Girls and Autism’

Educational, Family and Personal Perspectives by Barry Carpenter, Francesca Happé and Jo Egerton

The book is now scheduled for launch on World Autism Day 2019 – 2nd April 2019.

See the flyer below for a chapter update & to view the full flyer.

Details of the Conference etc to follow shortly.

Girls & Autism Book Flyer

Vacancy: Project Manager – social & emotional mental health in schools

Beyond Words has an important role to play in the introduction of the proposed social and emotional mental health framework in schools next year. In order to prepare the way we are undertaking a research project in 21 Special Schools in the North, Midlands and South-East of England. We plan to assess how Beyond Words’ books and other visual materials can help children and teachers to address many of the issues raised in the recent Government Green Paper.

If you are a qualified teacher and you have recently left the profession or you are looking for a fresh challenge we would like to hear from you. Beyond Words is based in Central London but this role, which could be 2-3 days per week, would also involve travel to the partner schools.

If you are interested please forward your CV and letter of introduction to our Chief Executive Nick at: nwright@booksbeyondwords.co.uk

 

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Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. – Refreshing the debate

Of late there has been a renewed interest in FASD, and the consequences for both Children’s Services and Schools.

The article below may make a helpful contribution to those discussions. Click the article thumbnail to view.

Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders . Refreshing the debate article - click to download

 

Newspaper article following a Public Lecture in Auckland

Newspaper article following a Public Lecture in Auckland, New Zealand, (May 2018) by Professor Carpenter.

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/northern-advocate/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503450&objectid=12058779

International Conference in Sydney 2019

If you are interested in Special Needs and Disability in Early Childhood then this World Congress in Sydney, June 2019, gives you an opportunity to learn from others all over the globe. If you have an innovation or interesting practice to share, please think of representing your Country, and submit an abstract (details below)

International Society on Early Intervention Conference 2019

 

http://www.dcconferences.com.au/isei2019/abstract_submissions

Updates on Autism Research

Teachers often need and appreciate brief, teacher-friendly summaries of relevant research in the field of Autism. The University of Portsmouth autism network posts helpful newsletters on different topics, covering research that can inform evidence based practice and interventions that are systematically trialled.

Take a look through the below weblink.

http://www.port.ac.uk/department-of-psychology/community-collaboration/autism-research-network/