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.

Anxiety and Mental Health – Implications for Education

Anxiety and Mental Health – Implications for Education

Anxiety and mental health – implications for education
Tony Attwood


Children who have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) appear to be vulnerable to feeling anxious for much of their school day, often experiencing extreme anxiety in anticipation of, or in response to, specific events, such as the sound of the school bell, making a mistake or having a replacement teacher for the day. Richard Maguire, an adult who has Asperger's syndrome (ASD Level 1), explained, ‘I call anxiety the permanent emotional state for autistic people … anxiety is my constant companion. Much of my life and strength have been used up on anxiety’ (Attwood et al., 2014, p. 25). A review of over 40 ...

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