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.

Supportive Environments for Best Autism Practice

Supportive environments for best autism practice
Jim Taylor


The design of learning environments for pupils with autism and the subsequent impact on the quality of learning has been given much attention and more importance attached to it in recent years (Gaines et al., 2016). How the environment is designed and structured can be one of the most significant factors for educational success. A triad of factors, which includes the content of lessons or sessions, the teaching style and the delivery, and close assessment and attention paid to the learning environment, will play an integral part in achieving even greater success and improved outcomes. Domings et al. (2014) state that we can view

the learning environment as ‘disabling’ ...

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