Caroline Smith took up her first Educational Psychology post in 1990 after 15 years as a career teacher and Deputy Head of a Primary School, and in 2000 was awarded a Doc Ed Psych, completed whilst working as a specialist Senior EP. Caroline has held specialist Senior EP posts in Early Years and in Autism, culminating with a Principal EP role in 2003. Having retired from the PEP role in 2008, Caroline pursued a freelance training career working solely in the areas of Autism and Childhood Anxiety. Currently Caroline trains professionals and parents in matters connected with Autism, for example, behaviour management, communication and play. She is also a licensed trainer on the internationally acclaimed World Health Organisation's recognised programme, FRIENDS for Life, a universal preventative programme in the area of childhood anxiety and co-authored 'Special FRIENDS' a new 2015 addition to the FRIENDS materials focusing on the needs of young people with ASD
"This is a useful resource in that it provides a succinct yet wide range of guidance and management tools for working with people who have an autistic spectrum disorder (ASD). A book and a CD are provided, with the CD including many of the key resources and frameworks discussed in the book. It is evident that the author builds on many years of experience as an Educational Psychologist working with children and young people with autism and their families within a school setting. One of her core beliefs is highlighted early on: "if the child could act more appropriately they would. The child is not being deliberately difficult".
This book would be a useful one for professionals working with children and young people to assist in understanding their behaviour and communication and working with others to develop comprehensive intervention plans whilst acknowledging the importance of on-going evaluation and review.
Recommended for professionals working with children and young people who have ASD including SENCOs, trainee educational psychologists (TEPs), Educational Psychologists and others." - Dr Laura Cockburn, Specialist Educational Psychologist, The National Autistic Society