- Subject index
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 ...
Chapter 11: Building on Early Foundations into School: Communication and Language
Building on Early Foundations into School: Communication and Language
The Early Development of Language and Communication Skills
Early Social Communication and Interaction
Babies are very active communicators from early in their lives. Just how active and how early depends partly on how communication is defined, and what evidence is taken into account. Meltzoff and Moore (1977) suggested that by 2 to 3 weeks of age babies are able to copy adults’ facial expressions and gestures, suggesting that these socially motivated imitation skills are innate and ‘hard-wired’ in the brains of human infants. These and subsequent studies reported by Meltzoff and colleagues (e.g. Meltzoff & Decety, 2003) have been widely cited but rarely replicated ...