This book will help practitioners employ appropriate teaching and learning strategies when working with autistic spectrum disorder students.

Autism: An Overview

Autism: An overview
  • Provides a brief history of autism including discussion of theories of causation, diagnostic criteria and changes in prevalence.
  • Presents current understanding of the condition through the conceptual models of the triad of impairment, mind-blindness, difficulties in executive function and difficulties in central coherence.

In the early nineteenth century, the French physician J.M.G. Itard, seen by many as the father of special education, offered the first documentary evidence of an individual who we might reasonably describe as autistic. Itard's study of Victor, a non-verbal child discovered in the woods around Averyon, provided the first methodical study of autism and presented an account of the attempts to educate the child, particularly in respect to the development of language skills.

Later in the nineteenth century, Henry ...

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