Francine Brower entered the field of autism following 24 years in mainstream education at both primary and secondary level. She has been a deputy headteacher and a headteacher at schools for children and young people on the autism spectrum. Francine has also been a regional co-ordinator for the National Autistic Society and an autism development officer for two different local education authorities, setting up resourced provision in mainstream schools, advising on best practice, leading training, and developing resources to support young people. Francine is currently a team co-ordinator for the National Autistic Society Accreditation Programme and has held this post for two decades.
Rooted in a broad inclusive ethos and 25 years of experience, this book is a well-structured treasure chest of practical reflections and ideas that will inform and support the needs of every teacher seeking to understand specific individual needs. * Chris Chivers, school governor, ITE tutor, blogger and former headteacher, @ChrisChivers2 * Francine brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and practical understanding to the complex world of autism. She ladles warmth, humanity and common sense into every layer of this wonderful book and shares her absolutely belief in the amazing possibilities of children with autism. * Dr Martin Hanbury, Executive Headteacher, Chatsworth Multi-Academy Trust * This book is a fabulous resource to not only increase knowledge and understanding of the individual needs of autistic pupils, and encourage acceptance of difference, but also to use as a practical resource to dip in and out of giving many ideas that are easy to implement and adapt. I love how the book encourages 'outside the box thinking', which is so important when we are catering for the individual needs of autistic children in the classroom. * Lisa Myers, Head of Operations, Training, Consultancy and Conferences, The National Autistic Society *