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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 autismtoolbox.co.uk/home
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 thirdspace.scot/circle/
3. The Visual Support Project

Visual supports are a great way of helping lots of children (not just Autistics) make sense of the space they are in. I use the VSP resources from @NAITScotland

thirdspace.scot/nait/education…
4. NLC Communication Friendly @SchoolsNlc

This great resource arose during the pandemic & is a vital source of visual supports on all manner of topical issues. I’ve used them a lot this year & will continue too!
5. Both of Carol Grey’s books on Social Stories

Social Stories are badly used in schools, there is no point pretending they aren’t. Before embarking on writing a social story you should speak to SALT or at the very least read these two books by the creator of the tool!
6. “Autism, Bullying & Me” by Emily Lovegrove
@TheBullyingDr

Autistic pupils are more likely to be bullied than other pupils, particularly in mainstream schools. This book is great advice for Autistic teens & teachers alike. An understanding of Autism & bullying is essential!
7. Listen to the experiences of #ActuallyAutistic people.

There are many professional & academic Autistics (100s of us) who not only specialise in Autism but are Autistic themselves.
This thread contains just 10 of those who I recommend for teachers- more learning than a book!
8. The Safe Space Guidance from @NAITScotland

Creating a safe space for Autistic children can be an important part of their self regulation. But, often schools get this wrong. This guidance is helpful & should be followed before setting one up.

blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/dg/public/cand…
9. Restorative Practise

Being properly trained in Restorative Practise (thanks @alastairRP) was the most game changing CPD I ever had.

RP is an excellent tool in helping Autistic (& all) children understand social situations & conflict.
Check out the new book by @Markfinnis
10.1. The Double Empathy Problem by @milton_damian

The best thing you can do as a teacher to Autistic children is to learn how to communicate effectively.
These slides describe the Double Empathy Problem & illustrate that the onus of communication is not just on the Autistic.
10.2. The Double Empathy Problem contd.
These are my top 10 practical recommendations. Full of advice & support that is evidence based, practical and highly usable straight away!
If you teach Autistic children, these 10 are essential sources.

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2 Apr
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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
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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.
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2 Apr
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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.
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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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