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Do you have a child in your nursery/class/school who is (or may be) on the autism spectrum?

Not really sure where to find the most reliable, up-to-date information and advice?

Not sure where to start … or where to go next?

The purpose of The 10 questions is to help staff identify a starting point and to support them to plan next steps when working with autistic children and young people. Ask yourself The 10 Questions and your answers will guide you along the pathway. On your journey you will:

  • enhance your understanding of autism.
  • learn how to begin to ‘profile’ a child’s/young person’s autism.
  • be supported to help you identify targets and strategies.
  • have direct links to free, downloadable resources you can use immediately.
  • have access to regularly updated and current research, information and advice.

And … all the time consuming searching has been done for you! Nothing here is new. Everything is available out there, somewhere, whether it be on a website or in a bookshop. However, every day teachers and support assistants tell me there is just too much information now and they can’t determine what’s good, what’s bad, what’s indifferent or what’s appropriate for a particular child/young person. They  often don’t know where to start. Or where to go next!

The 10 Questions is not simply a list of my ideas. The questions are based on the voice of autistic people themselves, robust research and evidence by leading organisations and individuals in the field of autism and my 38 years teaching experience and working with children, young people and adults. They are the questions I ask myself when working with any autistic person.

Many of you will already have engaged with autism training. During that training you will have learned about the different ways of thinking, perceiving and learning experienced by autistic people. You will have an understanding of the differences in

  • social interaction and
  • social communication.

You will know that most autistic people have

  • sensory differences and so experience the world in a unique way.

You will be aware of the psychological theories which attempt to explain autism

  • Theory of Mind
  • Poor Executive Function
  • Weak Central Coherence which impact on an autistic persons ability to function day-to-day.

And you will understand that autism very rarely exists on it’s own. There are often one, or more, co-morbid conditions:

  • Dyslexia
  • Dyspraxia
  • ADHD to name but a few.

You will understand that ‘one size does not fit all’.

When you work your way through asking and answering The 10 Questions you will be supporting the social interaction and social communication challenges experienced by the autistic children and young people you work with. You will be considering their sensory differences and adapting the environment accordingly. You will be supporting their theory of mind challenges as well as challenges with executive funtion and central coherence. The advice and strategies suggested also support issues which arise as a result of co-morbid conditions which means asking and answering The 10 Questions can become an effective way of supporting neurodiversity in the classroom.


“I have known Anne for a number of years now and hold her work in the highest regard. The range of her experience in education and autism is broad and she has contributed significantly to many strategic developments in the field. Perhaps more importantly, her input in schools and with families most often leads to measurable improvement and greater success. What has impressed me in recent years is the connection she makes with front-line staff and parents where she confidently demonstrates that every situation and service can be improved. The key component here, is Anne’s clear understanding of and compassion for young people with autism. Anne knows what it takes to make a positive connection with schools, families and young people. Anne gets it and …she knows autism.”

“Really informative and eye opening. Clearly passionate about informing others and helping people learn about autism and where to go for more advice if needed. Really enjoyed and would and will attend anymore in my area”

Primary Teacher

“Had a brilliant full days training today with love autism, very informative, relatable and enjoyable.”

Secondary Teacher

“I have attended 2 courses delivered by Anne through Lanarkshire Carers. I have learned more about Autism from these courses than I have over the last 8 years.  Anne is such a lovely person and so passionate about passing on her knowledge.”