Jude Ragan is Head Teacher at Queensmill School and teaches a Masters’ Degree Course in SEN/Autism. She has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship at London Institute for Education and an OBE, both for services to autism education. In this interview Jude discusses autism and anxiety in school.
Autistic people may be at higher risk of being abused than other people. It can also be more difficult to detect they are being abused. This may be because autistic people can have limited speech, struggle to communicate and find it difficult to identify their emotions. They may also demonstrate that they are being abused by a change in behaviour. Information on resources that may help.
Education staff working in mainstream and special schools will inevitably come across instances of bullying. Here is information on why autistic students are more likely to be bullied, how you can help, and at cyberbullying.
The International Journal of Nurture in Education aims to attract papers that explore themes related to the effectiveness of nurture groups, nurture in education, whole-school approaches to nurture and related subjects.
The current issue is a special edition focusing on the unique and valuable viewpoint of the reflective practitioner researcher. It is devoted to those who are backing up practice with their own school and classroom based research, often as part of a further research degree.
Less structured parts of the school day can be difficult for autistic children and young people to cope with. Here is guidance on how you can help them to cope better with break and lunch time, exams, homework and changes to the school day.
This toolkit was developed by the Dyspraxia Foundation.The toolkit offers a wealth of information and practical suggestions to help parents address the daily challenges experienced by children with dyspraxia/DCD at home, at school and in their leisure activities. The techniques and tools included in this toolkit will help parents/carers build their child’s independence and resilience, ensuring they can reach their potential in all areas of life. I is available in e format only.
Gill Dixon is an ex nurse, teacher, Author and Mother of two sons with Dyspraxia/DCD. She is also a Trustee of the Dyspraxia Foundation. here she looks at what dyspraxia/DCD is (and isn't) in an accessible, informative way and focuses on the positives. She also emphasises the need for empathy.