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

 

learning disability week 2018 banner image

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/

 

New picture books about work and volunteering will raise aspirations

Four new books, sponsored by the Department for Work and Pensions, have been produced by Books Beyond Words. They were warmly received at a Reception to Launch the Books in the House of Lords on 30th April. Baroness Sheila Hollins, Founder of Books Beyond Words, explained the background to the Project, and the process of developing the four books in tandem.

Professor Barry Carpenter, who co – authored with Dr Roger Banks, the book “Choosing my First Job”, spoke at the Launch about the challenge of Transition for young people with Learning Disabilities, and the potential of the books to reduce anxiety, and explain more clearly the rich array of post school opportunities.

For further information about the event, and details about where the books can be obtained from, follow the link below.

https://booksbeyondwords.co.uk/news/2018/4/30/new-picture-books-about-work-and-volunteering-will-raise-aspirations.

Barry Carpenter, speaking at a Books Beyond Words event

‘My Invisible Disability’ by Caitlin Hire (New Publication)

Caitlin Hire is a young woman with Autism, who through her teenage years has also experienced some issues with her Mental Health.
Through it all she has shown incredible inner strength and emotional resilience .

This is her story, in her own words, of her journey with Autism. She talks specifically about her struggles with the conventional school system, an experience common to many teenagers with AS.

Her story is full of insight , and will be a revelation to so many other young people, their families and professionals. Her account is poignant, and is told with great candour..”Masking is exhausting, but it’s what I need to do in this neurotypical world to survive.”

Caitlin has given permission for her story to be shared more widely, and ‘BarryCarpenterEducation’ is delighted to offer it as a free download below in .pdf format.

Click the cover image below to open & view Caitlin’s story.

Caitlin Hire - My Invisible Disability eBook cover