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.

Fostering Peer Relationships and Shared Learning for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Fostering Peer Relationships and Shared Learning for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Fostering peer relationships and shared learning for students with autism spectrum disorders
Heartley B. Huber Erik W. Carter


The link between learning and relationships has long been recognized in both research and practice (Harris & Meltzer, 2015; Test, Smith, & Carter, 2014). Through their interactions with classmates, friends, and other peers in school, students develop and refine an array of important social, communication, self-determination, academic, and everyday life skills. Increased focus on inclusive education around the world has highlighted the valuable opportunities created when students with and without disabilities learn alongside one another (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, 1994, 2005). Group projects, ...

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