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McCabe, Alice – Kairaranga, 2020
This paper examines the multi-component use of visual supports, namely visual schedules and video modelling, to achieve the vocational goal of making a sandwich independently for a 16-year old girl with autism. This practice approach was informed by both the three step process from the National Professional Development Centre (The NPDC Model,…
Descriptors: Evidence Based Practice, Video Technology, Modeling (Psychology), Autism
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Dharan, Vijaya – Kairaranga, 2020
With a conservative estimate of 1 in 100 children thought to be on the autism spectrum (Ministry of Health, n.d.), this article reports on findings from a preliminary exploratory national study of parents of children aged 0-21 with ASD. Using an e-survey questionnaire and focus groups, the study sought to understand the supports that were…
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Family Needs, Childhood Needs
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Watson, Rochelle – Kairaranga, 2020
Studies support the effectiveness of evidence-based practice to improve social communication. Specific interventions must be trialled to determine their efficacy for learners with autism. Successful implementation of such evidence-based interventions relies largely on variables such as teacher expertise and the fidelity by which they adhere to…
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Evidence Based Practice, Intervention
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Singh, Suminthra – Kairaranga, 2019
The primary objective of this small-scale study was to identify ways in which Resource Teachers: Learning and Behaviour (RTLB) can work with teachers to implement evidence-based practices for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) within an inclusive educational system. With the increasing prevalence of children with ASD in mainstream…
Descriptors: Program Implementation, Evidence Based Practice, Children, Autism
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Basel, Alison; Hamilton, Carol – Kairaranga, 2019
Models of special education that are diagnosis-orientated mean that individuals with ASD are seen as 'different' from their non-disabled peers. These views reproduce school practices in which those labelled disabled are likely to be treated as problematic rather than 'coming from a different place'. This article explores the narrative of one Year…
Descriptors: Students with Disabilities, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Secondary School Students
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Williams, Debbie – Kairaranga, 2016
Teachers are often faced with the challenge of teaching students with high functioning autism without any formal professional development in autism. Resource Teachers of Learning and Behaviour (RTLB) are a service which is able to provide short-term support for teachers. One of the roles of RTLB is to provide teachers with the required support to…
Descriptors: Children, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Faculty Development
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Hayes, Dervla – Kairaranga, 2013
This article examines the use of prompting as an evidence-based strategy to support children with autism to develop their language, communication and social interactions skills. The literature is reviewed using a three-ringed, evidence-based practice model to support evaluation of the use of prompting. The article outlines considerations about the…
Descriptors: Prompting, Teaching Methods, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Autism
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McLaren, Stuart J. – Kairaranga, 2013
There is often intense and passionate debate about the inclusion of those students with the most complex social learning and behavioural needs. This paper, written from a parent's perspective, is based on a case study of a 15-year-old adolescent with severe and high functioning autism that was comparatively well-resourced through the new…
Descriptors: Student Rights, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Inclusion
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Couper, Llyween; Sutherland, Dean; van Bysterveldt, Anne – Kairaranga, 2013
This paper explores the place of the school playground in the lives of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). We discuss the physical environment, school systems and practices that support the development of social competence and increased peer interactions for children with ASD in their school playground. Highlighted issues include the…
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Playgrounds, Physical Environment
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Higginson, Raewyn; Chatfield, Margaret – Kairaranga, 2012
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a specific disability with well defined characteristics that require teachers to utilise specific strategies to cater for the educational needs of children with ASD in the regular classroom. This paper describes an ASD school project that used a multi-faceted teacher professional development programme to train…
Descriptors: Learning Strategies, Autism, Professional Development, Pervasive Developmental Disorders
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Jones, Linda; Merry, Rosina; Mitchell, Donna – Kairaranga, 2011
This paper explores Hero Stories, a different narrative approach developed to support a child with autism to gain self-control and allow him to navigate his world as a competent and capable learner. It examines the development and use of "Hero Stories books" as a strategy for assisting a child with autism to cope with stressful situations within…
Descriptors: Autism, Coping, Children, Personal Narratives
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Bevan-Brown, Jill – Kairaranga, 2010
This article presents the results of an on-line questionnaire answered by 137 parents of children with ASD. The questionnaire sought parental opinion about what content and messages should be included in a DVD about ASD. Parents' predominant messages were that: ASD is not an illness that can be cured; children with ASD think and act differently;…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Questionnaires
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Curzon, Joanna – Kairaranga, 2008
Much has happened since nine teams across New Zealand engaged in a Ministry of Education-funded participatory action research project looking at effective practice for supporting children and young people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in education. Building on earlier discussions, the project ran from 2002 to 2004, and until now the story…
Descriptors: Research Projects, Action Research, Foreign Countries, Disabilities
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Bevan-Brown, Jill; Carroll-Lind, Janis; Kearney, Alison; Sperl, Barbara; Sutherland, Mary – Kairaranga, 2008
This article describes a participatory action research (PAR) project conducted in a large urban, co-educational secondary school. The project focused on two senior pupils with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who, seemingly as a result of feeling stressed or anxious, displayed behaviours that inhibited communication. Using questionnaires,…
Descriptors: Action Research, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Secondary School Students
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Lamont, Robbie – Kairaranga, 2008
Participatory action research advocates for teachers, parents and others to engage in practical inquiry as part of their everyday work for the purpose of improvement. Findings from this project affirm that a collaborative community of researchers, one in which the participants can critically analyse and transform their own situations, can have a…
Descriptors: Action Research, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Young Children
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