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.

Professional Development for Those Working in Education with Students on the Autism Spectrum

Professional Development for Those Working in Education with Students on the Autism Spectrum

Professional development for those working in education with students on the autism spectrum
Glenys Jones


It is self-evident that the availability of qualified and effective teaching staff is vital to the education of all children and young people. But how is this workforce informed and equipped to understand and meet the needs of students with autism and how effective is the professional development in which they engage, in terms of enhancing practice and student outcomes? This chapter considers the issues involved in the professional development of educators working with students with autism. What knowledge is required and what are the most effective means of developing their understanding, skills and ...

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