ERIC Number: EJ1121734
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
ASD Transition to Mainstream Secondary: A Positive Experience?
Neal, Sinead; Frederickson, Norah
Educational Psychology in Practice, v32 n4 p355-373 2016
The transition to secondary school is considered difficult for children with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD), yet there has been little strength-based investigation of positive experiences of this population and the types of support they value most in managing anxiety about transition. The current article presents a qualitative exploration of the perspectives of six children with ASD who had recently transitioned successfully into mainstream secondary schools. Thematic analysis of semi-structured interview transcripts indicated that the children valued many changes associated with moving to secondary school (for example, greater routine, more varied lessons). In terms of intervention approaches, children favoured those that were positive in focus (for example, support from family, discussions about positive aspects of secondary school) and provided practical advice (for example, written information about secondary school, secondary school visits, opportunities to meet secondary school staff). Despite these commonalities, experiences varied and it was evident that children benefitted from individualised support tailored to their specific needs. Findings have implications concerning the support offered to children with ASD across secondary school transition and highlight the need to incorporate the child's voice into intervention plans.
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Transitional Programs, Secondary School Students, Semi Structured Interviews, Intervention, Student Adjustment, Planning, Student Participation, Behavior Problems, Child Behavior, Questionnaires, Screening Tests, Cognitive Tests, Foreign Countries, Student Attitudes, Emotional Response, Student Experience, Coping, Barriers
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire; Cognitive Abilities Test
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