About

Hello and welcome to ASD Teacher! A website for strategies, resources and information on teaching children with autism.

My name is Steph and I teach in a primary special school for children with autism (ASD – Autistic Spectrum Disorder) and severe learning difficulties in the London borough of Hackney, United Kingdom.

I am also developing and leading the schools outreach service supporting other schools in Hackney to develop their practice with teaching children with autism.  I also run training sessions about understanding autism and the effective strategies used to teach and support pupils with autism.

I have taught many amazing children over the years who have inspired me to learn as much as possible about how to best teach and support children with autism, to enable them to achieve and reach their full potential, whilst importantly- having fun!

I started this blog in order to contain all the information and resources I find valuable and helpful in one place. Knowing how useful and important this information is for me and how much it has had an impact on my teaching, I thought it is likely that other education professionals, parents or anyone teaching/supporting children with autism will also find this useful. I have made many resources whilst teaching and I want to share the ones that have worked really well. I also wanted somewhere to express my thoughts and opinions and to share them with you. It is really important that we share good practice in order to give children with autism the best eduction possible and so we can all learn from each other.

Please leave a comment or ask a question on any of my posts.

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Thank you for visiting,
Steph

Steph ASD Teacher

 

5 thoughts on “About

  1. Dear Steph,

    I am a sixteen year old aspiring special needs teacher who has high functioning ASD. I go to a school for pupils with autistic spectrum disorders and am currently doing the full spectrum of GCSE’s. I was wondering if you had any advice on what would be the best courses/A-levels for me to do at college to prepare for the job. Also, what qualifications I would need, including university. Is it hard to become a special needs teacher? I have a severely autistic little brother who is non-verbal and I do some sign language and use PECS with him, so I’m hoping that that will help,

    Many Thanks,

    Maddy

  2. Hi Maddy,

    Wow you already have a huge amount of knowledge and experience!

    You could either study Health and Social Care or Child Care at college, or you could study A Levels. If you do A Levels, I’d recommend studying psychology as one of the A levels.
    I studied Health and Social Care at college and did an A level in psychology (2 years). This gave me enough points to go to uni where I studied a combined degree in special needs and inclusion studies and early childhood studies (3 years). I then followed this with a 1 year PGCE which gave me qualified teacher status.
    At Uni, you could either do a teaching degree BEd (typically 4 years) or a general BA (3 years) followed by a 1 year teaching qualification. The 1 year teaching qualification could be uni based (PGCE) or school based (school direct).

    If you want to talk further, send me an email on asdteacheronline@gmail.com
    Steph

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