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ERIC Number: EJ917080
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1750-9467
School Factors Associated with Mainstream Progress in Secondary Education for Included Pupils with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Osborne, Lisa A.; Reed, Phil
Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, v5 n3 p1253-1263 Jul-Sep 2011
This research examined the factors promoting inclusion of young people with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in mainstream secondary schools, and noted high levels of behavioral difficulties in these pupils. The size of the secondary school, and the class size, impacted positively on the pupils with Autism, and the number of other pupils with Special Educational Needs (SEN) statements and the number of support staff per pupil were both positive factors in school progress for children with Autism, but not Asperger's Syndrome. Support teachers and assistants helped to reduce emotional and behavioral difficulties, but also reduced improvements in pro-social behavior. Good staff-training promoted the pupils' social behaviors and their sense of school belonging. In summary, social-emotional behaviors are better facilitated in mainstream secondary schools with larger numbers of other children with SEN statements, individual support, which helps emotional and behavioral difficulties, but does not facilitate social behaviors, good teacher-training, which facilitates social behaviors, and a sense of school belonging. (Contains 4 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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