Amanda CurtisAmanda Curtis
Dip Teaching Primary
Grad Dip Ed Admin
Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

Amanda wrote this resource to help explain Asperger’s to children in junior grades and at Early Learning Centres (ELC)/Kindergartens. Many children with Asperger’s syndrome are misunderstood by their peers and education is the key - if only peers understood why their friend behaved the way they did perhaps they would accept their friend, and more importantly, celebrate their friend with Asperger’s.

Drawing on her teaching qualifications, Amanda put together a book and a comprehensive guide that accompanies the book which shares strategies for disclosure and in working with schools and ELC.

The guide emphasises that implementing the book is not a one-off activity—that parents, the teachers and the principal need to work together on an ongoing basis to make school a safe, supporting and enriching place for the child with Asperger’s. The big book’s success is based on this. Amanda’s main message—of the need to have “empathy” for the child with Asperger’s—flows throughout the big book and the guide.