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.

Language and Literacy

Language and Literacy

Language and literacy
Christi Carnahan Pamela Williamson


Many children with autism across the globe do not have access to formal education. In sub-Saharan Africa alone more than 30 million children are not in schools. This is true for as many as 10 million children in South and West Asia. However, children in the West and Global North do have access to formal education. Thus, the purpose of this chapter is to provide practitioners in regions that provide educational services to individuals with autism information about how to provide comprehensive literacy instruction that is grounded in oral language development and skills. We begin the chapter by introducing readers to three vignettes that represent individuals at ...

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