It is #WorldAutismAwarenessWeekDayMonth but Autistic people would rather have #AutismAcceptance or #AutisticPride

One of the best ways to promote #Acceptance & #Pride is to ensure your school/class library has some Autism related books in it.
My 10 recommendations:
1. “A Kind of Spark” by Elle McNicholl @BooksandChokers

Probably my favourite children’s book of 2020 & I’m not alone. Elle recently won the Blue Peter Prize & more awards will surely follow.
A must read middle grade book and school library essential.
2. “The Spectrum Girl’s Survival Guide” by Siena Castellon @NCWeek @QLMentoring

This is another favourite book of mine. Siena is the founder of #NeurodiversityCelebrationWeek & one of the best role models I know of.
A highly recommended read for teenage Autistic girls.
3. “Can You See Me?” By Libby Scott & Rebecca Westcott

Another must read book for the middle grade. Many of you will have read it before as it’s always featuring in must read lists, but it’s there for a good reason- buy it!
4. “Autism & Sea” by Amy Le Dain

This is a very cute book for younger readers by own voices author Amy. Written in rhyme with beautiful illustrations. Great for Early Years.
5. “Anna” by Laura Guthrie (@cranachanbooks )

This is a great story about Anna who has Aspergers and moves to Scotland to live with her mother after her father dies. If you like Pollyanna you will love this!
6. “The Reason I Jump” by Naoki Higashida @HigashidaNaoki

There is a very good reason this is a best seller & now a movie! Highly recommended for secondary age pupils & teachers alike!!
7. “Talking Is Not My Thing” by Rose Robbins

Another great Early Years book that is very popular and a great addition to your class library!
8. “The Biggest Surprise Jadon and the Talking Trains” by Taneisha Pascoe-Matthews @Mellow_Pascoe

This is a gorgeous book about a boy and his trains! Who doesn’t love trains?
Written by mum and teacher Taneisha about her son, one of my favourite books for younger children.
9. ‘Goat Goes To Playgroup’ by Julia Donaldson & Illustrated by Nick Sharratt

Goat does his own thing at playgroup which often isn’t what the other children are doing or what he is supposed to be doing. It’s a great story for introducing difference & acceptance to younger ages
10. ‘My Brother is an Astronaut’ by Michelle Rundle

This lovely story is told by Jake’s sister who explains his different sensory needs and characteristics in a positive and sensitive way.
You can download a PDF of the book from @scope too…

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2 Apr
It is #WorldAutismAwarenessWeekDayMonth but Autistic people would rather have #AutismAcceptance   or #AutisticPride

My last thread of the day is on #Autism myths, tropes & misconceptions.
Common in most school staff rooms- I’ve heard them myself.
My “top 10”
1. Girls can’t be Autistic

This myth can be partly accredited to most of the Autism research being carried out on young white males, thus influencing diagnostic criteria, & partly accredited to Simon Baron Cohen’s “extreme male brain” theory.

Not true & incredibly damaging.
2. “Never happened in my day”

“There are more of them now than there used to be”. Probably not.
We were the weirdos, the freaks & the eccentrics in your school. Or our Autism was blamed on “lack of oxygen at birth.”
We existed, we just weren’t recognised as such.
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2 Apr
It is #WorldAutismAwarenessWeekDayMonth but Autistic people would rather have #AutismAcceptance  or #AutisticPride

I often get DMs asking about good books or resources for teachers on Autism, so here are my top 10.
1. The Autism Toolbox

This is a free online resource designed to promote the inclusion of Autistic learners in early years, primary & secondary. I’ve referred to it a lot over the years & highly recommend
2. The Circle Document

CIRClE & it’s EY equivalent “Up, Up & Away” are evidence based planning toolkits that help you promote an inclusive education environment. Using CIRCLE is part of my everyday practise & not just for Autistic pupils
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2 Apr
It is #WorldAutismAwarenessWeekDayMonth but Autistic people would rather have #AutismAcceptance  or #AutisticPride

If you have a question about Autism, it is best to look for #ActuallyAutistic people to answer it! So here are just 10 of the hundreds you should follow!
Obviously I am an #ActuallyAutistic adult & a teacher. I Tweet about Autism all the time or share Tweets from others that I think are really insightful. There really are hundreds of them! So don’t feel hurt if I left you out!
The following would be great follows for teachers:
Pete @commaficionado

Pete’s background is Secondary English teaching and he Tweets about his personal experiences of Autism and how you can support children in school.
Read 13 tweets
31 Mar
I’d like to connect with more Scottish teachers, particularly those in ASN, pastoral care or Primary.
If you fit that description & follow me but I don’t follow you back- please give me a nudge!
Or please recommend people. I’m not interested in follower counts, just people!
Or, introduce yourself on this thread so others might follow you! #ScotEdu
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15 Dec 20
Thread: Catastrophising

What is it? How can you recognise it? How can you support yourself/children/young people who catastrophise?

For teachers, parents or catastrophisers. Image
Why is this important to learn about?

Catastrophising is a common trait amongst Autistic, ADHD and anxious people.

I observe it a lot in children in school & it affects their ability to learn & cope in education.

I have also catastrophised my entire life.
A few years ago I searched the internet to see if there was a name for this phenomenon that blighted my life.

Like most emotional literacy, once I could name the emotion, I could better recognise it & work on it.

It still happens, but doesn’t control me.
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