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.

Learning Supports for Students on the Autism Spectrum

Learning Supports for Students on the Autism Spectrum

Learning supports for students on the autism spectrum
Ann M. Sam Kara Hume


Specific characteristics of autism can hinder the academic success of students on the autism spectrum in the school environment. Communication and social areas of need in combination with restricted interests or repetitive behaviors present challenges for students on the autism spectrum in academic subjects (Estes, Rivera, Bryan, Cali, & Dawson, 2011). The ability for these students to comprehend and understand vocabulary is negatively impacted by the communication and social impairments of the autism spectrum (Bishop & Norbury, 2002). Similarly, restricted interests negatively affect the academic subjects of students on the autism spectrum (Zandt, Prior, & Kyrios, ...

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