Successful School Change and Transition for the Child with Asperger Syndrome
Moving to a new school can be a daunting prospect for the child with Asperger syndrome, and parents are often left feeling powerless to help prevent the anxiety and loss of confidence which may ensue.
Clare Lawrence's new book provides parents of children with Asperger syndrome with practical advice on how to prepare their child for moving to a new school, and how to help make the transition as smooth as possible. A wide range of material is covered, including useful guidance on choosing the right school, supporting the child during the period prior to the move, and identifying and practising the different social rules and expectations of the new school. The strategies in the book can be adapted for children of all ages and include working out a transition time-line, identifying a named adult and 'safe haven' at the school, and effective communication between parents, teachers and support staff.
This clear and accessible book will be an invaluable resource for parents of children with AS who are moving to a new school, and will also be of interest to the teachers and education professionals who work with them.
Clare Lawrence is a teacher, autism worker, school governor and mother of two children, one of whom has Asperger syndrome. A graduate of Oxford, York, Northumbria, Sheffield Hallam and Birmingham universities, Clare holds a university certificate in autistic spectrum disorders and a post-graduate certificate in Asperger syndrome. For the last six years, she has been working closely with schools and exploring practical solutions on how to make education more accessible for children with Asperger syndrome. Clare is the author of How to Make School Make Sense, also published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
This is a much-needed book on a very important subject. Highly recommended.
Carolyn Unsted, Deputy Director of Children's Services, London
Written by the parent of a talented child with Asperger syndrome, Clare Lawrence's book offers a deceptively simple yet ingenious and insightful set of guidelines on how to cope with school transitions. Reflecting her background in teaching, Clare is able to illuminate with remarkable clarity not only the pitfalls that may await families an schools at this time, but also effective ways of avoiding them.
I recommend this book to all parents of children with Asperger syndrome who are concerned their child may have difficulty coping with school transitions. If these recommendations were implemented widely, by teachers and parents, much distress and disruption experienced by families and schools could be averted.
David Skuse, Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, UCL Institute of Child Health and Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children
Moving schools for children on the spectrum can be a positive experience if approached in the right way. It requires an understanding of autism, knowledge of the individual child and planning. This book provides both parents and teachers with some excellent tips and strategies to make a successful school transition possible.
Andrew Powell, National Austistic Society, UK Family Support Programmes Co-ordinator and author
This book is full of good practical tips for parents wanting to help their child manage the transition into a new school...The advice is tinged with reality, for example pointing out that although planning ransition might be helped by giving access to a timetable before the start of term this is rarely available. A worthwhile read for parents looking for advice for their child in the run up to the start of a new school term.
Clare has combined her ability to articulate simply and concisely the ever complex issues surrounding AS and education with her depth of knowledge of the subject area to produce a valuable and intelligent book. I would certainly recommend this to any parent or professional involved with a child with AS who is facing transition and congratulate Clare on (another) excellent publication in this field.
Dr Luke Beardon, Senior Lecturer in Autism, Sheffield Hallam University