These three books include a short, easy-to-read theoretical background to ASD focusing on the underlying impairments and their impact on sensory processing, motor development, play, language and communication skills, social skills, emotional development and behaviour for the relevant age group.
Each developmental area is intrinsically linked and progress in one aspect of development is dependent on progress in another so a multi-disciplinary approach is essential. All the books examine the role of various individual professionals while emphasising the need to develop a multi-disciplinary approach combining their areas of expertise.
The books also describe a multi-disciplinary approach to groupwork providing practical advice and photocopiable resources to enable readers to:
Assess individual needs
Organise groups (including group members, venue and transport)
Set individual group targets
Plan group sessions (examples of activities for each developmental area are provided)
Each book offers ideas for developing good teamwork, including peer review, and working towards a trans-disciplinary approach where professionals can step into each others’ roles where appropriate.
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SET: Groupwork for Children with ASD Set of 3 Books
"The book encourages a multi-disciplinary approach to the group and work alongside parents and carers. Individuals with more experience and knowledge of ASD may wish to read just the more practical sections whilst it is recommended that individuals newer to the field read each section in sequence... Although the book looks large it is easy to read with clear, concise and easily accessible information." - NAPLIC Newsletter 'Written by a team of experienced speech and language therapisrs, this is a very practical resource for teachers.' - International School 'Easy to read with clear, concise and easily accessible information' Lorien Emblem, Speech and Language Therapist, St Dominic's School, NAPLIC Newsletter
Alyson Eggett is a speech & language therapist with an MA in Education. She has more than twelve years' experience of working with children and young adults with ASD and/or learning difficulties. Alyson currently co-ordinates and provides therapy services for children with ASD and other special needs, as well as providing training and consultancy. Kerrie Old is an occupational therapist whose clinical specialisms are in the fields of ASD and in child mental health. Kerrie co-ordinates and runs multidisciplinary groupwork programmes for children and young adults with ASD. Christina Howe is a speech & language therapist who has worked extensively with children with special needs. Christina is currently working as a specialist with children with ASD who attend a mainstream school. Liz Ann Davidson is an occupational therapist. Her clinical specialisms are in working with children and young adults with ASD and in child mental health. Liz Ann plays a key role in the assessment and diagnosis of children with ASD in South Tyneside, as well as providing training and consultancy.