Barney Angliss, education consultant and trainer, former SENDCo, mentor to autistic teens
Debby and Gareth have written a vibrant, knowing and pragmatic resource for parents and schools supporting autistic children leaving primary education. Well-observed, intuitive accounts of everyday challenges and novel situations are supplemented by useful links to more specialised guidance and research, making a highly readable companion for the journey to secondary school founded on principles of respect and relationship.
Mary Myatt, education writer and curator of Myatt & Co
In this marvellous book, Debby Elley and Gareth Morewood show how it is possible to have better school experiences for autistic pupils, their families and carers and the teachers and leaders who work with them. This is a big ask, but they have pulled it off. There are no quick fixes promised, however its grounded, common sense, compassionate and practical approach will be a boon for all involved in the education of autistic teenagers. The mantra of ''prevention is better than cure' is great advice for all, and the examples, case studies and sensible charts have the potential to make all schools more responsive to making reasonable adjustments for all pupils, including those with special needs. This book is honest, practical, down to earth , it is very moving and also very funny! I highly recommend it.
Debby and Gareth radiate an air of optimism, practical common sense and above all a belief that successful inclusion of children with autism can be achieved.
Neil Humphrey (Sarah Fielden Chair: Psychology of Education, University of Manchester)
This is an outstanding book which should be essential reading for parents of autistic children who attend (or will attend) a mainstream secondary school. More broadly, it is a book that can inform the practice of all school staff and allied professionals who support autistic young people. Written with wit and verve, it is packed to the brim with insights and recommendations from the authors' extensive experience as both parent (Debby) and practitioner (Gareth). A remarkable achievement.
Taneisha Pascoe-Matthews, Assistant Headteacher /SENCO and mother of two autistic boys
I read the book as a mother of two autistic boys and also a SENCO. It is an honest well written perspective combining pupil experiences, strategies, research , good practices and policies when considering mainstream education for secondary age pupils. Championing Your Autistic Teen at Secondary School highlights the need for a school culture that predicts triggers and work in an inclusive manner by being proactive rather than reactive.
Lynn McCann, Autism Specialist Teacher, Trainer and Author
This book is truly collaborative, bringing together Debby's, Bobby's and Gareth's experience as parent, pupil and SENCO in a busy secondary school. With excellent advice at every step, this book is a masterclass of collaboration and co-production that every secondary school could use as a template. I love the advice for parents and schools alike and all this is supported by the pupil voice at its heart.
Kieran Rose, Autistic Writer, Trainer and Consultant; www.theautisticadvocate.com
Elley and Morewood have created a wonderful template for Parents and Educators to follow; allowing both parties to recognise the barriers faced by young Autistic learners, advocate for them in education settings, and empower Parents and Educators to work together collaboratively to remove those barriers.
In Championing Your Autistic Teen at Secondary School, authors Debby Elley and Gareth D. Morewood provide a thoughtful and neurodiversity-affirming approach to advocating for your autistic teen throughout their secondary schooling years. Debby Elley leads the reader through the journey beginning with preparation and research and progressing to collaboration and conflict resolution. Gareth D. Morewood lays out a new vision for schools to appropriately support neurodivergent students through the Saturation Model. This book is a well-balanced guide for parents and families preparing for secondary school.