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.

Building Capacity in Education Systems

Building Capacity in Education Systems

Building capacity in education systems
Jacqueline M. Roberts


Autism is characterised by differences in communication and social functioning (which have a pervasive and lifelong impact) and by repetitive behaviours and restricted interests (Howlin, Moss, Savage, & Rutter, 2013). While there are consistent core features of autism as outlined in diagnostic systems such as the Diagnostic & Statistical Manual 5th edition (DSM; American Psychiatric Association, 2013) autism is a highly heterogeneous condition. Involvement for individuals is highly variable both within and between people who meet the criteria for a diagnosis of autism. For example, one person with autism may be highly verbal and talk a great deal about a particular topic of interest to them while another ...

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