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Autism and Early Years Practice

Autism and Early Years Practice

Second Edition

December 2009 | 176 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Praise for the First Edition

"A remarkable reference resource. It is, without a doubt, the most absorbing and easily absorbed book we have seen, setting out the most comprehensive survey of the history, definitions, needs of carers and sufferers, issues of diagnosis, and much, much more." - Nurturing Potential


This new edition of the leading book in autism and early years practice continues to provide excellent guidance for all early childhood students and practitioners on how to work with young children who have autism, or who appear on the autistic spectrum.

Kate Wall's wise words will resonate with all, as she sets out clear and realistic suggestions for ways to include young children with autism in mainstream settings, supporting her advice with case studies based on her own experience as a practitioner. Each chapter also looks at key issues and offers suggestions for discussion.

Highlights of the new edition include:

  • Coverage of the latest developments in research
  • Reference to current early years legislation
  • Reference to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
  • New case studies, covering the full Birth to 8 age range
  • New suggestions for further reading

Every early childhood student and early childhood practitioner needs this book; it is an invaluable guide to best practice when working with young children with such particular needs.

Tricia David
Definitions of autism, common features and relevant legislation
Families of children with autism
Issues of diagnosis and assessment
Understanding the world of the child with autism
Programmes of intervention
Providing for young children with autism
Mainstream or special? Issues of inclusion
Key issues and suggestions for the future

A great text. Very thorough, a very informative read for practitioner, students and teachers.

Ms Caroline Brooks
Childcare & Early Years, Sheffield College
October 1, 2013

Excellent use of ‘real’ case studies. This book is well set-out and each chapter offers key issues, suggestions for discussion and further reading.

Mrs Irene Scott
Faculty , Chester University
May 31, 2013

Although this book covers the essential reading for the subject area, I feel that it would not add to books already recommended to students.

Mrs Janet Wilkinson
Dept for children young people and families, Leeds Trinity and All Saints
March 7, 2011

This textbook is a good adjunct to the booklist for undergraduate students in children's nursing. It gives insight into how healthy young children are managed in early years and provided tips on how children with autism could be managed in other settings

Mrs Janice Grant
Inst f. Health & Social Care Research, Salford University
October 17, 2010

This book provides sound information to altert the new practitioner to the signs of autism and understanding its completity, with practical advice of what and where to seek advice.

Mrs Janet Gargiulo
Health and Social Care, The North East Wales Institute of Higher Education
December 17, 2009

New to the 2nd edition:

  • Coverage of the latest developments in research
  • Reference to current early years legislation, including the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
  • New case studies, covering the full 0 to 8 age range
  • Further suggestions for discussion
  • Updated key texts for further reading

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One

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