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GAP Journal


The Good Autism Practice Journal aims to encourage good and innovative practice in supporting children and adults with autism and Asperger syndrome.

Good Autism Practice publishes peer reviewed papers written by practitioners, academics, parents and people with autism. It is edited by Glenys Jones and Elisabeth Hurley and published in partnership with BILD, Autism West Midlands, Scottish Autism and the University of Birmingham.

If you are a subscriber, you can access the journal online here



Use the subscription form

Download the GAP subscription form by clicking here. You can fill this form in on screen, save it and send it by email to p.mazurek@bild.org.uk. Alternatively, you can print out the form, complete it by hand and either fax it to 0121 415 6999 or post it to:

BILD Birmingham Research Park
97 Vincent Drive
B15 2SQ


Subscribe by telephone

If you would like to subscribe by phone, you can call BILD on 0121 415 6983 and pay by card or ask to be invoiced.


Subscription rates 

Online only:

Student/family carer - £43

Individual - £54

Organisation - £97


Print and online versions:

Student/family carer - £61

Individual - £78

Organisation - £144


All prices include VAT. All subscribers get online access to all Good Autism Practice papers going back to 2007 and two editions of the journal a year.

If you are a member of BILD, you are entitled to a discount on your subscription of the Good Autism Practice Journal. Please visit www.bild.org.uk/our-services/journals/gap/ for more information. 

The aim of the journal is to publish examples of good practice (or an analysis of the issues affecting practice) in working with, or supporting, individuals with autism spectrum and their families throughout their lives. All submitted articles go through a peer review process.

Please read the notes for authors before submitting your paper.

Papers must be submitted as an electronic attachment to either Dr Glenys Jones at g.e.jones@bham.ac.uk or Dr Elisabeth Hurley at elisabethh@autismwestmidlands.org.uk.

Contents of the autumn 2016 edition

  • Supporting young adults on the autism spectrum towards independence: lessons from the Netherlands, Mitzi Waltz, Garnout Speelmans, Mieke Cardol
  • Using Structured TEACCHing to support people with autism into employment, Sofia Mavropoulou, Steven R Love, Michael S Chapman
  • Case studies on the feasibility of exergaming to enhance physical activity in youths on the autism spectrum, Amanda C Jozkowski, Molly A Lichtenwalner, Sharon A Cermak
  • Using iPads to promote mark-making in children on the autism spectrum, Claire Hamshire, Julie Lachkovic, Oliver Robinson
  • The social communication experience of children with autism in mainstream school, Julie Stephenson, Catherine Adams
  • Views and experiences of Black and Minority Ethnic families living in Wales with a child with autism, Sheladevi Nair
  • Conflict management in couple relationships: the experiences of individuals with Asperger syndrome and their partners, Beverley Winn, Sofia Gameiro, Katherine Shelton, Susan Leekam
  • Sleep problems in adults with autism: parents' perspectives and experiences of support, G Hartup
  • How autism affects the mother and baby relationship: one mother's experience of three different babies, Kizzy Richards
  • Book reviews
  • Accredited courses   

Glenys Jones 
Autism Centre for Education and Research, University of Birmingham

Glenys Jones is a Chartered Psychologist and a Lecturer and Researcher in the Autism Centre for Education and Research (ACER) at the University of Birmingham. She has been engaged in research into educational interventions for those on the autism spectrum for over 30 years and is editor of the Good Autism Practice Journal, published by BILD. She led the research to inform the work of the Autism Education Trust and was involved in creating the web-based and DVD resource on the autism spectrum for mainstream primary and secondary schools in England, commissioned by the Department for Children, Schools and Families. This can be accessed at www.aet-idp.org.uk 

Glenys has also been involved in two reviews of the research evidence on educational interventions in autism, the first published in 1998 (Jordan, Jones and Murray, 1998) and the second published in 2009 (Parsons et al., 2009) (see www.ncse.ie). In 2011-12, Glenys worked on three commissioned pieces of work funded by the Department for Education, for the Autism Education Trust. These involved creating a set of training materials on autism, a staff competency framework and a set of standards for schools and educational settings. She led on the work to produce these National Standards in Autism Education for schools and educational settings to evaluate how effective they are in meeting the needs of pupils on the autism spectrum.

Currently, Glenys works in a diagnostic assessment service for adults thought to be on the autism spectrum in partnership with local practitioners and Autism West Midlands. Assessments are commissioned by local authorities in the West Midlands.


Elisabeth Hurley
Research and Autism Information Officer, Autism West Midlands

Elisabeth has a PhD in Neuroscience, specialising in the impact of light on the development of the body clock. Her academic experience and her interest in autism led her to join Autism West Midlands as Research Officer in October 2012. As Research Officer she ensures that the charity’s practice reflects the most recent research. She also communicates relevant research in the field of autism to the public. She has co-authored books including The Good and Bad Science of Autism with Dr Neil Walsh, and Choosing Autism Interventions: A Research-Based Guide, with Bernard Fleming and the Goth.


Associate editors

  • Penny Barratt The Bridge School
  • Emma Cross Mencap
  • Ian Ensum Bristol Autism Spectrum Service
  • Rita Jordan 
  • Wendy Keay-Bright Cardiff Metropolitan University
  • Joseph Long Scottish Autism
  • Andrea MacLeod, Autism Centre for Education and Research, University of Birmingham
  • Eve Matthews Autism West Midlands
  • Lisa Meeks University of California, USA
  • Gareth Morewood 
  • Lynne Moxon Nortumbria University
  • Anabel Sainza-Fernandez
  • Charlene Tait Scottish Autism
  • Jane Thistlethwaite Positive Path International, New Zealand


International Editors 

  • Tony Attwood Australia
  • Wenn Lawson Australia
  • Valeria Llacer Brazil
  • Theo Peeters Belgium
  • Liuba Toader Romania


 Statistics Advisor  

  • Jemma Mytton

Can we ever see eye to eye?

An investigation into the impact of eye contact on relatedness between children with autism in mainstream reception classes and their teaching assistants. 

Helen Blatchford - Published October 2014 


So what exactly are autism interventions intervening with?

Damian E M Milton - Published October 2014  

Of Mice and Men

Issues for students on the autism spectrum when studying GCSE English Literature. 

Cary Canavan - Published October 2013