Autism is a spectrum condition that affects people in different ways.
Some people may live very independent lives whereas others may need specialist support. Autism ultimately affects how a person makes sense of the world around them which causes numerous communication difficulties. Around 700,000 people in the UK have autism which makes it so important that all those affected by the condition, directly or indirectly, can understand it.
With a boom in genetics science and in-depth studies into how people with autism can be better supported, we are getting a greater picture of what the condition is all about. We are proud to be a publisher in the health and social care sector as it provides us with the opportunity to produce useful, thoughtful and informative titles to contribute towards this broadening understanding of the condition.
We’d like to use the opportunity of World Autism Awareness Week and World Autism Awareness Day to boast about some of our amazing and passionate authors who each have a published collection of autism titles with Pavilion.
Phoebe Caldwell is a pioneering Intensive Interaction practitioner working particularly with children and adults on the autism spectrum who have behavioural distress. Her methods involve using body language to overcome communication issues and to carefully monitor aspects of an individual’s environment which can trigger sensory distress.
Within her 30 years plus experience she has been a Rowntree Research Fellow and taught management, therapists, parents, teachers, advocates and carers both nationally and internationally. She is currently employed by the NHS to work with individuals who the service are finding it difficult to help. In 2010, Phoebe was awarded with the Times/Sternberg Active Life Award for her work on autism and contribution to the community, and in July 2011, Bristol University awarded her an Honorary Doctorate of Science for communication with people with autism.
Take a look through her fantastic titles: The Anger Box, Delicious Conversations, Listening with All Our Senses, Learning the Language and Creative Conversations.
Abigail Barragry has been promoting drama amongst children and young people for many years now, with a specific aim to incorporate the arts into education for psychological development. She has given a number of presentations on the benefits of creativity and expression in mental health, and has conducted extensive research on this area at the University of Malaya.
Whilst spending a significant amount of time in Malaysia, she became a drama specialist for the National Autism Society of Malaysia, and created their official three-year drama programme.
Her desire to show how using the arts as a teaching tool can empower and bring groups together, has taken her across the world and provided her with the tools and knowledge to have produced the ‘teacher essential’ Autism Arts series.
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