ERIC Number: ED244459
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
An Educational Perspective of Autism: Implications for Curriculum Development and Personnel Development.
Donnellan, Anne M.
The paper addresses the history and current status of educational provisions for autistic students, discusses the requirements for effective education for this population, and analyzes the implications for teacher education practices. A status report cites lack of structure in programs, non-functional and age-inappropriate curricula, largely segregated facilities, and inadequate instructional time. The history of autism research and education in the United States is described. Critical dimensions of educational programs are examined in terms of instructional setting, instructional environment, instructional technology, use of applied behavior analysis, alternatives to the use of punishment, naturally occurring cues and prompts, and repeated practice. It is urged that instruction be functional and curricula organized according to domains other than discrete content areas. The importance of non-segregated environments is emphasized. Eleven competencies for teachers of autistic students are identified, and questions of inservice and preservice settings and instructional content in teacher preparation programs are addressed. (CL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Meeting Their Needs: Provision of Services to the Severely Emotionally Disturbed and Autistic. p155-182. Conference Proceedings (Memphis, TN, April 27-28, 1983). (EC 162 463).