ERIC Number: ED410720
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Educational Provision for Children with Autism in Scotland. Interchange No. 46.
Jordan, Rita; Jones, Glenys
This paper reports the findings of a study that examined where and how children with autistic spectrum disorders are being educated in Scotland. The study specifically sought: (1) to identify the number of children reported to have autistic spectrum disorders and their type of educational placements; (2) to identify the types of educational practice with respect to these children and to highlight issues of satisfaction or concern with the practices; and (3) to identify good practice in the education of these pupils and to make recommendations. Questionnaires and interviews of professionals and parents provided the necessary information. Results of the study showed rates of identification that significantly under-represented the numbers of children with autistic spectrum disorders, as calculated from prevalence rates. Findings also indicated the percentage of children with autistic spectrum disorders in special schools was shown to increase rapidly in early childhood and reach a peak at six years. Also, the majority of parents were either satisfied or very satisfied with their child's current educational situation. The study was able to provide a clear educational definition of autistic spectrum disorders and emphasize the distinction between a medical diagnosis and special educational needs. (CR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Scottish Office Education and Industry Dept., Edinburgh. Research and Intelligence Unit.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)