Education is an important aspect of the environmental influences on autism, and effective education can have a significant effect on outcome for those on the autism spectrum. This Handbook explores the key concepts, debates and research areas in this dynamic field. Contributions from a wide range of countries and cultures are organised into six key sections: Part 1: Learning Needs and Educational Responses; Part 2: Early Intervention, Education in Core Domains and Family Support; Part 3: School-Based and Academic Education: Access and Support; Part 4: Collaborative Working in Education; Part 5: Education for Life and Barriers to Education; Part 6: Data Collection in Education and Measurement of Progress. The SAGE Handbook of Autism and Education is a definitive resource for researchers, postgraduate students, reflective practitioners and teachers who wish to know and understand current views of the nature of autism, and best practice in educational support.

What Makes a Successful Professional in Autism? School Education – A Lived Experience

What Makes a Successful Professional in Autism? School Education – A Lived Experience

What makes a successful professional in autism? school education – a lived experience
Yenn (Jeanette) Purkis


I am 44 years old and have a diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Condition. When I went to school, an appropriate diagnosis was not available for me. Therefore, I struggled at school from the first years of primary to that joyous day when I finished my school education.

When I started school I had difficulties with ‘aggression'. I think two things may have been driving this. Firstly, I have a very large sense of my own personal space and I dislike it being ‘invaded’ by other people. In early primary school when I was ...

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