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.

Autism, Health and Education: Models and Systems for Working Together

Autism, Health and Education: Models and Systems for Working Together

Autism, health and education: models and systems for working together
Tamara May Charmaine Bernie Suzy Marty Rebecca Sutherland Jacqueline M. Roberts Katrina Williams


Autism is characterised by specific traits that span multiple domains and impact learning, including verbal and non-verbal communication, social interaction, motor stereotypies, rigid thinking and difficulty with change, intense circumscribed interests, and unusual sensory-related behaviours. In addition to the core characteristics, autism is often, if not usually, associated with comorbidities that may include intellectual disability, language disorders or mental health conditions such as anxiety (American Psychiatric Association, 2013).

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