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Park, Jane; Mortell, Judith – Educational Psychology in Practice, 2020
Transition research tends to consider the experiences of typically developing pupils and often focuses on the primary to secondary school transition. Accounts that specifically focus on the views of autistic pupils also tend to rely heavily on the accounts of parents and staff. This study explored the transition experiences of four young autistic…
Descriptors: Young Adults, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Adult Education
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Sabey, Christian; Ross, Scott; Goodman, Jordan – Educational Psychology in Practice, 2020
Students with autism spectrum disorder often require social supports to function well in a mainstream class setting. Researchers have demonstrated the effects of social skills training for students with autism, but their work has focused primarily on topographically defined outcomes, such as increasing the frequency of social behaviours. More…
Descriptors: Interpersonal Competence, Training, Program Effectiveness, Students with Disabilities
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Higgins, Edel; Slattery, Carol; Perry, John L.; O'Shea, John – Educational Psychology in Practice, 2019
Research has shown that rates of clinical anxiety levels are higher among young people with an ASD than their typically developing peers. This study conducted an exploratory investigation into the impact of a specifically tailored CBT group programme on anxiety levels in young people with ASD. The 12 week CBT programme was delivered to 12 children…
Descriptors: Anxiety Disorders, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Cognitive Restructuring
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Begon, Rob; Billington, Tom – Educational Psychology in Practice, 2019
This article aims to contribute to an emancipatory conceptual framework for EPs to draw upon when called to work with and/or speak of individuals labelled autistic. First, the widespread adherence to medicalised, inherently deficit-based discourses surrounding autism is critiqued, and considered as not uniformly beneficial for "clients"…
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Individual Differences, Critical Theory
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Chapple, Christine; Kinsella, William – Educational Psychology in Practice, 2019
West Syndrome is a severe, early-onset epilepsy syndrome, with significant implications for subsequent neurological and cognitive development. While most children with a prior diagnosis of West Syndrome initially follow a normal developmental trajectory, there is evidence of subsequent emergence of clusters of difficulties, including autism…
Descriptors: Epilepsy, Case Studies, Autism, Symptoms (Individual Disorders)
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Robinson, Lee; Bond, Caroline; Oldfield, Jeremy – Educational Psychology in Practice, 2018
Although evidence-based interventions (EBIs) for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have been identified in recent systematic literature reviews, the extent to which the practice of educational psychologists (EPs) in the UK and Ireland is informed by these is unknown. This study presents the results of a questionnaire that surveyed 146 EP…
Descriptors: Educational Psychology, Counselor Attitudes, Intervention, Decision Making
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Anglim, Johanna; Prendeville, Paula; Kinsella, William – Educational Psychology in Practice, 2018
In the context of a trend towards inclusive practice in Irish primary schools, many teachers feel ill-equipped to cope with this new challenge. Scope exists within the Irish education system to transform mainstream schools into autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) friendly environments. Research into teacher perceptions of inclusion has found that…
Descriptors: Inclusion, Teacher Competencies, Elementary School Teachers, Autism
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Melling, Richard; Swinson, Jeremy; Brett, Maggy – Educational Psychology in Practice, 2017
The Autism Spectrum Quotient (AQ) scale was designed to detect the level and distribution of autistic-like traits across both the general population and those diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Condition. Scores in the large normative samples were consistent with previous research in showing a continuous distribution of traits, implying that the…
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Scores, Measures (Individuals)
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Melling, Richard; Smethurst, Nicola – Educational Psychology in Practice, 2017
The behaviours associated with the attachment disorders (ADs) appear to overlap substantially with those linked to the autism spectrum (AS). Given the similarities between the two conditions this article urges caution when drawing conclusions concerning the likely aetiology of presenting difficulties in any particular case. Attention is drawn to…
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Attachment Behavior, Etiology
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Burke, Mary-Kate; Prendeville, Paula; Veale, Angela – Educational Psychology in Practice, 2017
"FRIENDS for Life" is a cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) programme which aims to reduce anxiety and promote resilience among children. This study evaluated the "FRIENDS for Life" (FRIENDS) programme used as an intervention for seven children between the ages of 10 and 11 presenting with high functioning autism spectrum…
Descriptors: Mixed Methods Research, Pretests Posttests, Intervention, Anxiety
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Bond, Caroline; Hebron, Judith; Oldfield, Jeremy – Educational Psychology in Practice, 2017
Supporting pupils with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in mainstream schools is a challenging task. This article proposes a professional development framework for educational psychologists (EPs) to consider when supporting the development of specialist ASD staff. The framework focuses on training content, educator characteristics and organisational…
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Language Impairments, Psychologists
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Neal, Sinead; Frederickson, Norah – Educational Psychology in Practice, 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…
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Transitional Programs, Secondary School Students
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Connolly, Micaela; Gersch, Irvine – Educational Psychology in Practice, 2016
Starting school is a critical event in a child's life and successful transitions to school have been posited as key indicators for future academic achievement. For children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the process is complicated by difficulties in social communication and social interaction. Parents of children with ASD can experience…
Descriptors: Parent Attitudes, Case Studies, Elementary School Students, Autism
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Aljunied, Mariam; Frederickson, Norah – Educational Psychology in Practice, 2014
Despite embracing a bio-psycho-social perspective, the World Health Organization's International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) assessment framework has had limited application to date with children who have special educational needs (SEN). This study examines its utility for educational psychologists' work with…
Descriptors: Educational Psychology, Classification, Clinical Diagnosis, Special Needs Students
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Connolly, Micaela; Gersch, Irvine – Educational Psychology in Practice, 2013
Parents of children waiting for a diagnostic assessment for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) experience distress and anxiety while they wait. The present small-scale study took place in a multi-disciplinary therapeutic service in Ireland for children with ASD and was run between April and September 2011. The first author, an educational psychologist…
Descriptors: Parents, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Autism, Clinical Diagnosis
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