The Nature of Specialist Education in Autism

Specialist education for those with autism is not only often confined to education as ‘therapy’ but is also thought of as segregated education. There is too much emphasis on the location of education and insufficient emphasis on its nature. Specialist education can take place in any setting. What is needed are:

  • Knowledgeable and well-resourced staff: Staff need a range of skills and approaches, based on sound evidence-based principles, of what is likely to be helpful for individuals on the autism spectrum.
  • Time for assessment: The staff also need time and resources to get to know each individual and to assess their best learning style and how the autism is expressed in this particular individual.

-Prof Rita Jordan

Rita Jordan – Bsc. QTS. MSc. MA. PhD. C.Psychol. AFBPsS. OBE. Emeritus Professor in Autism Studies: Autism Centre for Education & Research, The School of Education, The University of Birmingham, UK – is one of our plenary speakers at the Autism Conference in April 2013. Learn more about her and the other speakers here.

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