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I am currently a final year student and I am starting to focus on my dissertation. My topic is autism and inclusion in mainstream primary schools in scotland.
My question is "What are the teaching strategies/pedagogy that enables autistic children to achieve their potential?"
Any advice about policies, books or sites I should look into or follow would be great! :)
That's very wide parameters you've chosen there! I doubt you'll find a definitive answer in any way shape or form but check out the AET website (although I think the study was England and did not include Scotland) ...they commisioned some research into what helps make successful a placement for a child on the autism spectrum in a mainstream school - they identified 9 factors, the National Autistic Society did a study called 'Inclusion - is it working?' or soemthing similar. Also SPELL, TEACCH, PECS, Social Stories.... it's a long list. There is a website that's gives a brief summary of all the various techniques autismresearch.net but it's very sketchy
I don't know if this is what you are looking for.
Try PEACH, Ambitious About Autism (they have an amazing ASD school in North London and they use the ABA method to teach the children there. I visted the place and it is just so appropriately made for children and young people with autism. You can also email the teachers there and they do courses on autism - would recommend to check them out as they do a lot of research in the field), National Autistic Society and try to get in contact with special schools. I hope this helps somewhat?!
Have a look at the series of downloadable booklets at
each focusing on the delivery of a National Curriculum core or foundation subject to students with ASD. The context is key stage 3 and 4 in England, but the advice is equally applicable to other age-groups and educational settings.
Thank you for the above advice. I really appreciate it!
Just thought I would drop a line to say that I hope you are getting on well with your dissertation.
I too am embarking on my dissertation about autism in primary mainstream classrooms, however, I have decided to go down the route of practitioner's views about inclusion of ASD in mainstream. I truly believe that teacher's views determine the success of inclusion of SEN children and that for it to be successful, there has to be a whole school approach. This would mean specialist knowledge across the board (expensive!!!). Some schools have specialist units and some autistic children attend mainstream on a restricted timetable but I question whether this truly satisfies inclusion policy.
Well, I wish you luck with your dissertation as I struggle through my literature review. That is in itself a sweeping statement as I really mean "actually write the first paragraph of my literature review". Happy academic induced weekend!!!!!
I am a 20 year old which suffered from Asperger syndrome and maybe this is something I can help yourself with.
Everything I did was extremely interactive, using my hands to choose things and talking alot. Very little of the work was reading from a book, it was prepared very well. I would be introduced to cards and the cards would be identified to me until I understood what was infront of me and then off to the next card. Then there would be games created with those games. Like how to spell some animals and places and more.
It was all interactive, using your hands and pictures as it was something I could understand and see instead of having to use my mind, which wasn't amazing then. Eventually the cards turned from letters into words and I was told to create sentences, after many and many of examples. Until I looked like I knew what was going on, did these session with the cards and even talking continue.
From my own experience I believe people with autism learn more effectively when interacting with their source of learning. You will likely not see a person with Autism read but use their hands alot to do whatever they want to do. It is to be engaging which helps people with autism learn and it is to be interactive which helps them to learn, I can't stress this enough. This is the reason to why I now research on Interactive learning whilst gamifying the experience as i'm sure in the future, this is how we are going to be teaching our children.
To this day, my parents and old friends say to me, it is a miracle that i'm able to work in a company speaking fluent english and know some kind of english grammar when in the past I was already put down as a liability to the state. It is only because of pictures did I learn, not by reading books or listening to the teachers for hours on end.
Website : Game to learn
Thank you very much for your inputs, especially from itsalanreid's perspective. :)
Been a while since I have been on here. It was lovely to read how you learnt in an interactive manner and I am so pleased that you were successful. You must have had some wonderful teachers who were willing to understand autism and support you so effectively. This is exactly where the point of my dissertation became so important to me. I see autistic children in mainstream classrooms with very little support and certainly a lack of interactive input and this saddens me. The problem seems to be financial along with the attitudes of some teachers who maybe are reluctant to engage due to lack of understanding of autism. Don't get me wrong there are some who are dedicated and make it their business to learn about autism so that they can support effectively. However, my research seems to suggest that there is a long way to go.
I wish you every success for the future
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who made the comment well over a year ago.
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