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.

Behavioural Issues and Supports

Behavioural Issues and Supports

Behavioural issues and supports
Andrew A. McDonnell Michael McCreadie† Paul Dickinson


Parents, carers and staff supporting people with autism may experience behaviours that can be intense and even frightening. These can occur in a variety of settings- home, school and adult care services, to list just three examples. Being diagnosed with autism is a ‘risk marker’ for exhibiting behaviours of concern in people with intellectual disabilities (ID) (McClintock et al., 2003), and this behaviour is more serious in people with autism in addition to ID (Matson & Rivet, 2008).

It is not uncommon that communication/social reciprocity and restrictive interests, which are core features of autism, underlie many of the behaviours ...

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