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.

Practical Effects of Co-morbidities and the Concept of Neurodiversity

Practical Effects of Co-morbidities and the Concept of Neurodiversity

Practical effects of co-morbidities and the concept of neurodiversity
Rita Jordan


The concept of ‘neurodiversity’ in relation to the autism spectrum has become increasingly dominant in our conceptualisation of the spectrum, especially in the views expressed by those on the autism spectrum themselves (Cascio, 2012). Neurodiversity is the concept that autism is not pathological and is better viewed as part of the neurodiversity of all humans rather than as a ‘disability’ and still less a ‘disease'. Proponents of this view do not deny the need for understanding and support in the education of those on the spectrum, but propose that the goal of this support should be to remove or alleviate problems ...

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