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.

Information and Communication Technologies as Educational Supports

Information and Communication Technologies as Educational Supports

Information and communication technologies as educational supports
Susan Hedges Sue Fletcher-Watson


Information and communication technologies (ICT) play a central role in today's society, including today's classrooms. Many students are arriving at school with powerful devices in their pockets and backpacks, and that includes students on the autism spectrum (Hedges, Odom, Hume, & Sam, 2017). These technologies have the potential to improve access, equity, and quality in education. This chapter will provide an overview of why and how ICT can play a support role in education for students on the spectrum by helping them to bypass or overcome some of their challenges. This will include a discussion of technology to improve social ...

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