How do we support children with autism and complex needs in the early years?

Young child climbing through a play tunnel

Are you an Early Years teacher or teaching assistant?

Do you have children in your class that you are struggling to engage or understand their needs?  Do you think they might be autistic or have other SEND needs that you are not qualified to diagnose?

Are you struggling with the slow pace of getting help and assessments for some children?  Are there not enough hours in the day to work out how to adapt your teaching for such a variety of needs?

We have been privileged to work alongside many EYS teachers over the years and here myself and Alison Pettitt, our EYS autism specialist discuss some of the ways that every non-specialist teacher can build in teaching and learning activities for children who may be autistic.

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