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.

Educational Structures: An International Perspective

Educational Structures: An International Perspective

Educational structures: an international perspective
Rita Jordan


The first kinds of educational provision for children on the autism spectrum were kinds of ‘demonstration projects’ to show the value of education in autism. Initially, autism was often considered as a medical problem, requiring therapy, often directed at ‘mending’ the attachment difficulties that were seen as being at the heart of autism. It was assumed that the emotional connections needed to be ‘repaired’ before children could be expected to benefit from schooling. Clinical psychologists and therapists directed their efforts to this end and the therapy usually took place in clinical settings rather than educational establishments. In many instances parents (or rather, mothers) were at least as much the object ...

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