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Planning to Learn

Planning to Learn

Keely Harper-Hill | Stephanie Lord



Late intervention often means that young people on the autism spectrum appear to act on impulse, seem disorganized, or fail to learn from past experiences.

In this practical, effective resource, the authors share tried and tested techniques for creating and using a personal planner to help individuals on the autism spectrum to develop independence.

Planning to Learn is split into three parts. The first part guides adults in helping young people to make sense of the world and to develop and practise coping strategies for any given situation. The authors also explain how simple visual and verbal cues can help people to cope successfully in stressful situations. The second part provides worksheets for the young person to complete to learn how to use plans in different situations, for example staying calm when waiting for a doctor, or coping with a change in the school timetable. Each individual makes a unique planner with procedures to refer to, such as responding to pressure, calming down, being organised, and being around people. The third part includes useful cards, schedules and plans for photocopying and including in the planner.

This illustrated photocopiable workbook is packed with guidance, support and helpful notes for those new to, or experienced in, working with children and young people with ASD. It can be used within educational and community settings or at home.

Planning to Learn is aimed at pupils on the autistic spectrum who would benefit from help with organisation and planning. This book would help pupils to arrange their timetable on a daily basis, cope with change during the school day, and give them life skills for the future.
Special: Supporting and Developing Good Practice, May 2008 -
`A photocopiable workbook designed to give practical support in domestic, educational or community settings.'
Current Awareness Service (CAS)

` This book is likely to be of interest to teachers, support workers and therapists working with young people (secondary aged and above) with autism spectrum disorder in education or community settings. This would be a good resource for settings working with this client group and speech and language therapy departments may wish to have a reference copy.'

Speech & Language Therapy in Practice

`This book would be a very useful resource in any learning situation where 1: 1 support is available - in school, college, or at home. The concept is simple and very clearly explained, making it accessible to all staff and parents.'

Keely Harper-Hill has worked with young people with autism since the 1990s. She is an independent Speech and Language Therapist and is currently completing her masters degree in Autism. Keely will move to Brisbane, Australia, in the New Year, to set up in private practice. Stephanie Lord has worked with young people with autism since 1979. She developed the Touch Talks programme for children with autism. Stephanie is Chair of the Association for Heads and teachers of Adults and Children with Autism, as well as representing education on the International Federation of Aromatherapists. She is currently Principal of Heathermount, The Learning Centre.
`All in all it's an excellent resource that can be applied not to just children and young people in the autism spectrum. It's a refreshingly bright learning resource that many children will enjoy using, ultimately promoting self confidence and learning.'
The Encephalitis Society
`In this practical, effective resource, the authors use tried and tested techniques for creating and using a personal planner to help individuals on the spectrum to develop independence.'
Autism Us

Table of Contents

Section Title Page Action Price
Caroline Sweetman
The deregulated global economy: women workers and strategies of resistance
Angela Hale
Employment and enviromental hazard: women workers and strategies of resistance in northern Thailand
Sally Theobald
Women and changes in the Chilean economy: some questions
Mary Sue Smiaroski
Rural brewing, exclusion and development policy-making
Michael McCall
Premarital relationships and livelihoods in GhanaAugustine Ankomah
Beyond 'banking for the poor': credit mechanisms and women's empowerment
Alana Albee
Women's groups and individual entrepreneurs: a Ugandan case study
Helen Pickering, Ellen Kajora, George Katongole, and James Whitworth
Interview: Lina Abu-Habib talks to Sukaynah Salameh
Report of a conference: World Trade is a women's issue
Linda Shaw
Further reading
Organisations, campaigns, and the trade unions
Internet sites
Audiovisual resources.