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.

Sexual Development and Gender Identity in Autism1

Sexual development and gender identity in autism
Wenn Lawson


In education the importance of acceptance, understanding and appropriate accommodation of those we support is paramount. The purpose of this chapter is to help to build a picture of why gender and sexual diversity may be more prevalent in autism; how to recognise it; and offers some brief responses that may help us work together in an inclusive manner.

The reality of the interplay between social and sexual development, appreciating sexual diversity and sexual preference, gender identity and transgender issues as well as safety, ethical considerations and relational counselling, are briefly explored because they contribute to the sum of an individual life. Although all human development varies ...

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