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.

Analysis of What Makes a Successful Professional in Autism

Analysis of What Makes a Successful Professional in Autism

Analysis of what makes a successful professional in autism
Hilde De Clercq

Personal Attributes Needed to Work with Autism

This chapter derives from the author's experiences with persons with autism and their parents and training professionals in a number of countries. If autism is different and special, professionals in the field of autism also need some special characteristics (Jordan & Guldberg, 2002). As Jordan and Peeters (2010) claim, it is helpful if the professionals are attracted by autism. Such work is demanding and can be difficult to sustain without a positive attitude. The practitioner needs to understand all aspects of autism and to work as a ‘detective', since it is necessary to understand ...

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