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.

Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Skills for Living

Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Skills for Living

Individuals with autism spectrum disorder and skills for living
Nancy Bagatell


This chapter addresses skills needed for everyday life, referred to here as daily living skills (DLS). These are the practical and rather mundane activities that enable people to care for themselves and meet daily challenges and ultimately enable them to live independently. DLS include: self-care skills (e.g., bathing, toileting, dressing), domestic skills (e.g., cooking, cleaning), community skills (e.g., money management, shopping, using transportation), recreation and leisure skills (e.g., using time at home and in the community), and prevocational/vocational skills (e.g., completing tasks as instructed, asking for help). DLS are developmental in nature and are most often learned through observation and informal instruction ...

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