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From Home to School with Autism How to Make Inclusion a Success

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Book - From Home to School with Autism How to Make Inclusion a Success

by: K.I. Al-Ghani and Lynda Kenward

About the author:

K. I. Al-Ghani is a special educational needs teacher who has worked for more than 35 years in the field of education. She is currently a specialist teacher for inclusion support and is involved with training professionals, students and parents in aspects of ASD. As an author and a mother of a son with ASD - the illustrator Haitham Al-Ghani - she has spent the last 25 years researching the enigma that is autism.

Lynda Kenward has over thirty years experience of working in special education. Now retired, her recent role as specialist teacher for inclusion support has motivated a particular interest in developing visual resources for children with ASD.

ISBN: 978-1-84905-169-9

Year: 2011

Publication Info: 112pp


Beginning school is a challenging time for most young children. For those with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) the significant change this entails can be overwhelming, and everyone involved will be in need of guidance to make the transition as smooth and as stress-free as possible.

This positive and practical book arms schools with a wealth of essential information, easy-to-implement strategies and photocopiable resources that will help to make early schooldays an enjoyable experience for young children on the spectrum. Constructive suggestions, such as introducing visual schedules and accommodating sensory issues, will help children with ASD to feel comfortable in school, and activities including making a ‘happy scrapbook’ and a home-school diary will support staff home liaison.

From Home to School with Autism is essential reading for education professionals seeking to encourage and inspire greater confidence in young children with ASD as they embark on school life.



Preface 1. Introduction. 2. First Steps. 3. The Importance of Good Communication. 4. How the Parents/Caregivers Can Help the School. Prepare a pupil profile. The pupil profile. Sample pupil profile. Home visual schedule. The ‘Happy Scrap Book’. 5. The Home/School Liaison. The Starting School Book. Reinforcing consistencies. 6. Starting School Procedures. 7. Visual Support in the Classroom. 8. Supporting Transitions at Home and School. Transition Trains. 9. The ‘Good Job Log Book’. 10. Disclosure: Who Needs to Know? 11. Avoiding Trouble in the Classroom. 12. Top Tips for Teaching Assistants. 13. Pictorial Narratives. School. The teacher/s. The children. Different adults. Assembly. Playtime. Wet playtimes. My peg. The toilet area. Visitors. The workstation. Lunch time (dinner time). Sharing classroom toys. The reward/treat/activity board. The ‘Good Job Box’. 14. Photocopiable Resources. 15. Troubleshooting. New class. Start of day. School assemblies. Playtimes. Play/activity/choosing times. P.E. lessons/gym class. Swimming lessons. Obsessions. Staffing changes. End of term/school year. The Fire Bell (song). 16. The Final Word.



It is always good to read about strategies to help teaching staff in the mainstream classroom help children on the autistic spectrum. The fact that this book is clearly set out and in larger than average hint makes it easy to dip into and find relevant information. I have enjoyed reading this book and particularly liked the Happy Scrap book idea and the helpful tips for Teaching Assistants. I also like the wide range of visual cues used throughout, given as ideas to help children with ASDs process information better. The ideas of the pupil profile book and the starting school books were really good and so beneficial too… Overall, I think the idea of the book is something that is much needed. Now we just need educational staff to take notice and implement some of these very helpful strategies.


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