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 Collaborative Family–School Relationships to Support Students on the Autism Spectrum

Fostering Collaborative Family–School Relationships to Support Students on the Autism Spectrum

Fostering collaborative family–school relationships to support students on the autism spectrum
Rozanna Lilley


Collaboration between schools and families is vital for ensuring the best outcomes possible for all students. Extensive evidence exists for the effectiveness of active parental involvement in improving academic and social outcomes for students with disabilities (Shepherd & Kervick, 2015). For students on the autism spectrum, building collaborative relationships between home and school is crucial. This chapter reviews a range of established models and current initiatives in fostering collaboration to better support students with autism. Important prerequisites to and key elements of successful family–school collaboration are identified as well as common challenges to implementing collaborative practice. Finally, some ...

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