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.

Approaches to Early Intervention for Children with Autism and Their Families

Approaches to Early Intervention for Children with Autism and Their Families

Approaches to early intervention for children with autism and their families
Laura J. Hall Samuel L. Odom


A theme that resonates across countries and cultures when children do not develop typically is to intervene in order to prevent a disability from occurring or to minimize its effects (Odom, Hanson, Blackman, & Kaul, 2003). The preventative and ameliorative impacts of early intervention were first demonstrated with very young children living in poverty in the United States by the Abecedarian Project (Ramey et al., 1976) and the Perry Preschool Project (Weikart, Rogers, Adcock, & McClelland, 1971), with these programs generating positive effects that lasted into adulthood (Campbell ...

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