SEN Books to enhance your practice.

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    On this page, we have collated all the education, Autism and SEND books that we think teachers will find useful in day-to-day teaching, as much as possible these are written by teachers or those with direct experience about what they are writing about. Let us know if we have forgotten any using this form or leave feedback in the comments.

    Books for Special education teachers.Challenging Behaviour SENDbooks
    The Best Special Education Books for Teachers

    The Database of Inclusive Education Books For Teachers

    This list of Essential Inclusive Education Books for teachers, Is based on our database of Inclusive Education Books. This interactive tool allows you to filter the books by theme or specialist area. This works best on Desktop or Laptops or the Google Sheets Apps (Android, Apple). We have collated books from the following areas. You can find each focus area using the drop-down on the top left-hand side.

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    Useful Books For Inclusive Teachers

    Education Books about Behaviour and Exclusion

    Practical Behaviour Management for Primary School Teachers – Tracey Lawrence

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    Why this book?

    Because Tracey is an engaging writer who will not just bombard you with Jargon and claim to have a magic wand to solve your issues but provide guidance on your journey. She is also an approachable and engaged tweeter responsible for the #behaviourchat weekly Twitter chat (which she has graciously let me host at times). Buy it here.

    When the Adults Change, Everything Changes: Seismic Shifts in School Behaviour – Paul Dix

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    Why should I buy it?

    This excellent book about values and attitudes towards behaviour almost made me shut down this site, I haven’t posted for months in fear of just repeating what I read in Paul’s book. I didn’t find anything I disagreed with in this book – and believe me I tried. From School leaders to teachers there is a lesson for everyone. Buy it here. If you want to get an Idea of the content this When the Adults Change free PDF download will give you some ideas.

    On the Fringes: Preventing exclusion in schools through inclusive, child-centred, needs-based practice – Jackie Ward

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    Why should I buy it?

    On the Fringes’ scrutinises exclusion procedures and reviews the SEND Code of Practice in-depth, particularly highlighting the role of early interventions in detecting underlying SEN and medical needs. Jackie also explores a range of pre-emptive and alternative approaches that can be employed as part of a whole-school approach to pastoral care and behaviour management that develops pupil’s self-awareness & self-regulation.

    Awesome Books About Transitions in Schools.

    Stories that explain: Social stories for children with autism in primary school – Lynn McCann.

    Why should I buy it?

    This book is packed full of practical support, advice and tips for teachers, teaching assistants, SENCos and parents to help support children in gaining a better understanding of common primary school experiences that can cause misunderstanding or stress. This resource provides an explanation of the use of social stories, why they are important, and advice on how to write social stories, including tips on how to present them. The included CD includes an editable bank of social stories to share with children to support their understanding of social situations.

    Transition and Autism Social Stories book

    Helping Children with Autism Spectrum Conditions through Everyday Transitions: Small Changes – Big Challenges. Jane Donlan 

    Why should I buy it?

    Facing any type of change can cause confusion & anxiety for individuals with autism spectrum disorders. This book looks at the small transitions in everyday life that can be a big deal for a young person with autism and offers simple and effective strategies to make change less of a daily struggle. Explaining why seemingly minor changes to routine can be emotionally distressing for Autistic children, this book teaches parents practical solutions for coping with common transitions including switching from a weekday to a weekend schedule, changing of the seasons, and sleeping in a different bed when on holiday. With insights from the authors’ personal experiences and helpful scripts, signs and sketches to use along the way, this book shows that with a bit of thought and preparation, parents can reduce the stress surrounding change for their child and the whole family.

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    Books about Autism For Teachers

    The Reason I Jump: one boy’s voice from the silence of autism – Naoki Higashida

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    Why should I buy it?

    It shows the importance of working tirelessly to provide the children you work with with a voice. It shows why you should never underestimate a child’s capacity to communicate. Why is this in a behaviour post – because you cannot separate behaviour and communication. It can be read in 2/3 hours and then passed on! Buy it here.

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    Other Invaluable books about Autism

    In a Different Key: The Story of Autism. Understanding that we are all wired differently and humanity is essential.

    Fingers in the Sparkle Jar: A Memoir. One mans account of life on the spectrum. A must for those who grew up watching Chris on the really wild show.

    Far From The Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity – Far from the Tree celebrates repeated triumphs of human love and compassion to show that the shared experience of difference is what unites us.

    Fall Down Seven Times, Get Up Eight: A young man’s voice from the silence of autism. “Essential reading for parents and teachers who work with individuals with autism who remain non-verbal” (Temple Grandin)

    My Son’s Not Rainman: One Man, One Autistic Boy, A Million Adventures. This is not a book about autism, but about one man’s experience of parenting, told with warmth and humour.

    Women and Girls with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Understanding Life Experiences from Early Childhood to Old Age .

    I am an Aspie Girl: A SEND book for young girls with autism spectrum conditions. This positive and celebratory book also contains helpful discussion points for parents and professionals to explore further with the girls in their care.

    M is for Autism Paperback by The Students of Limpsfield Grange School School. Draws on real-life lived experiences to create a heartfelt and humorous novel that captures the highs and lows of being different in a world of normal.

    Essential books for teachers

    Other Worthwhile Reads:

    I hope you have found this list of SEND books useful. Here are some more recommended reads for teachers.

    NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and How to Think Smarter About People Who Think Differently – Buy Here

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    How to Support Pupils with Autism Spectrum Condition in Primary School – Lynn McCann – Buy Here

    Don’t Send Him in Tomorrow: Shining a light on the marginalised, disenfranchised and forgotten children of today’s schools – Jarlath O’Brien – Buy Here.

    Inclusion for Primary School Teachers – Nancy Gedge – Buy Here

    Bloomsbury CPD Library: Supporting Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities – Cheryl Drabble – Buy here.

    The best Education Books for teachers