Identify the educational requirements of children on the autism spectrum with and without intellectual (learning) difficulties
Explain the concept of inclusion to promote inclusive culture, policies and practices within mainstream schools
Reflect on what constitutes good practice for autism within educational settings
Compare specific examples of good practice in autism education
Currently there are many modalities of schooling for students with autism, including general special schools, autism-specific special schools, autism units within mainstream schools and being in a mainstream classroom.
But what are the benefits and challenges of these different types of education? What are the implications for inclusion? What constitutes good practice within autism education? These questions are addressed in this course and are crucial for enabling children on the autism spectrum to be educated to their greatest potential.
Understanding autism and intellectual disabilities
Developing an inclusive curriculum
Good practice in autism education
Sharing good practice
The primary target audience are those who work with autistic children in schools, such as teachers and teaching assistants. However all practitioners can benefit (eg speech and language therapists). The target age range is compulsory education (4-18 years). The course will also be of benefit to interested parents of autistic children, as well as the autistic community themselves.
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