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ERIC Number: ED420130
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Education of Children and Young People with Autism. Guides for Special Education No. 10.
This guide offers practical guidance for parents and practitioners working directly with children who have autism or Asperger's Syndrome. Chapter 1 distinguishes between the two conditions, offers a practical definition of autism, and stresses the importance of individual differences. Chapter 2 is on identifying special needs in autism and notes the role of diagnosis in education and care, primary and secondary difficulties, and "theory of mind" explanations. Chapter 3 focuses on developing social skills including particular social difficulties such as physical withdrawal, negativism, and peer relationships. Chapter 4 is on enabling communication, including language difficulties, developing language, facilitated communication, fostering communication, and communication problems. Chapter 5 offers suggestions for encouraging flexibility in thinking and behavior. Chapter 6 is on behavior management and urges setting priorities, seeing disruptive behavior as communication, identifying unwanted behavior, and changing behavior. Chapter 7 is on working with emotions including recognizing emotional cues, sexuality, and bereavement. Chapter 8 considers the development of life and leisure skills. The final chapter offers models of practice from Spain, France, Hungary, and South Africa. (Contains 17 references.) (DB)
Descriptors: Asperger Syndrome, Autism, Behavior Change, Behavior Problems, Clinical Diagnosis, Communication Skills, Definitions, Elementary Secondary Education, Emotional Development, Foreign Countries, Interpersonal Competence, Intervention, Leisure Education, Teaching Models, Theories, Thinking Skills
UNESCO, Special Needs Education, Division of Basic Education, 7 Place de Fontenoy, 75352 Paris 07-SP, France.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Paris (France). Basic Education Div.