Provides professional guidance for practitioners in educational support roles, and offers tools and strategies for working confidently with pupils from across the autistic spectrum.

Facilitating Inclusion

Facilitating inclusion

In this chapter the move towards Inclusive schools is charted over time and the specific issues around including a pupil with ASD are examined. The importance of managing transitions at any stage during a child's school life is looked at in detail with ideas and suggestions on how to make this as trouble-free as possible.

The trend towards more inclusion in schools was identified by the Salamanca Statement (UNESCO, 1994). Mainstream primary and secondary schools have increased the numbers of support staff employed as more and more pupils with disabilities are included. Research by Vincett, Thomas and Cremin (2005) has charted the exponential rise in the numbers of support staff in mainstream schools. Their study in Essex, points to a two-fold increase overall ...

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