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The SAGE Handbook of Autism and Education

The SAGE Handbook of Autism and Education

First Edition
Edited by:

August 2019 | 674 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Education is an important aspect of the environmental influences on autism and effective education can have a significant effect on outcome for those on the autism spectrum. This handbook is a definitive resource for reflective practitioners and researchers who wish to know and understand current views of the nature of autism and best practice in educational support. It explores the key concepts, debates and research areas in the field.

Rita Jordan
Editors’ Introduction
Part I: Learning Needs and Educational Responses
Damian Milton
Chapter 1: Difference versus Disability: Implications of Characterisation of Autism for Education & Support
Rita Jordan
Chapter 2: Particular Learning Needs of Individuals on the Autism Spectrum
Adam Feinstein
Chapter 3: The History of Autism Education
Rita Jordan
Chapter 4: Educational Structures: an International Perspective
Suzanne Carrington and Beth Saggers
Chapter 5: Systems and Politics of Provision
Glenys Jones
Chapter 6: Professional Development for those Working in Education with Students on the Autism Spectrum
Hilde De Clercq
Chapter 7a: Analysis of What Makes a Successful Professional in Autism
Maureen Bennie
Chapter 7b: What Makes a Good Professional in Autism? A Parent’s Perspective
Jeanette Purkis
Chapter 7c: What Makes a Successful Professional in Autism? School Education – A Lived Experience
Part II: Early Intervention, Education in Core Domains and Family Support
Jacqueline Roberts and Kate Simpson
Chapter 8: Early Intervention
Laura J. Hall and Samuel L. Odom
Chapter 9: Approaches to Early Intervention for Children with Autism and Their Families
Lakshmi Balasubramanian, Alexander Mario Blum and Pamela Wolfberg
Chapter 10: Building on Early Foundations into School: Fostering Socialization in Meaningful Socio-Cultural Contexts
Greg Pasco
Chapter 11: Building on Early Foundations into School: Communication and Language
Heather MacKenzie
Chapter 12: Thinking and Learning
Michaela DuBay, Sallie Nowell, Linda R. Watson
Chapter 13: Focus on Families
Connie Wong
Chapter 14: Transitions in the Early Years
Part III: School-Based and Academic Education: Access & Support
Whitney Griffin, Kara Hume, and Ann M. Sam
Chapter 15: Curriculum Balance: Access to Academic Learning and the Therapeutic Curriculum
Ann M. Sam and Kara Hume
Chapter 16: Learning Supports for Students on the Autism Spectrum
Nancy Bagatell
Chapter 17: Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Skills for Living
Heartley B. Huber and Erik W. Carter
Chapter 18: Fostering Peer Relationships and Shared Learning for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Michelle Lee, Kathryn Schweers & Rachel Loftin
Chapter 19: Developing an Adaptive Behavior Curriculum across the Age and Ability Range
Christi Carnahan and Pamela Williamson
Chapter 20: Language & Literacy
Emily C. Bouck & Jordan Shurr
Chapter 21: Accessing a Broad and Relevant Curriculum
Trevor Clark
Chapter 22a: A Curriculum to Support Students with Autism and Special Talents and Abilities
Prithvi Perepa
Chapter 22b: A Curriculum for the Dual Disability of Autism & Severe Intellectual Disability
Part IV: Collaborative Working in Education
Tamara May, Charmaine Bernie, Suzy Marty, Rebecca Sutherland, Jacqueline Roberts and Katrina Williams
Chapter 23: Autism, Health and Education: Models and Systems for Working Together
Charmaine Bernie, Rebecca Sutherland, Katrina Williams, Suzy Marty, Tamara May and Jacqueline Roberts
Chapter 24: Autism Health and Education: Professional Roles and Challenges
Rozanna Lilley
Chapter 25: Fostering Collaborative Family-School Relationships to Support Students on the Autism Spectrum
Jacqueline Roberts
Chapter 26: Building Capacity in Education Systems
Jessica Suhrheinrich, Sasha Zeedyk, Sarah Vejnoska and Aubyn Stahmer
Chapter 27: Educator Involvement in Research & Evaluation
Gerardo Herrera and Patricia Pérez-Fuster
Chapter 28a: Evidence-Based Practices with Apps Directed at Core Autism
Susan Hedges and Sue Fletcher-Watson
Chapter 28b: Information and Communication Technologies as Educational Supports
Part V: Education for Life and Barriers to Education
Elizabeth Evans Getzel, Seb M. Prohn and Staci Carr
Chapter 29: Supporting Students in Postsecondary Education
Tony Attwood
Chapter 30: Anxiety and Mental Health – Implications for Education
Andrew A. McDonnell, Michael McCreadie and Paul Dickinson
Chapter 31: Behavioural Issues and Supports
Verity Bottroff, Barbara Spears & Phillip Slee
Chapter 32: Bullying Issues for Students on the Autism Spectrum and their Families
Andrea McLeod
Chapter 33: Overcoming Barriers to Educational Opportunities Post School
Christopher Gillberg
Chapter 34a: Autism and Comorbidities: Autism Plus. Implications for Diagnosis, Prognosis and Interventions
Rita Jordan
Chapter 34b: Practical Effects of Co-morbidities and the Concept of Neurodiversity
Wenn Lawson
Chapter 35a: Sexual Development and Gender Identity in Autism
Jorge Benavides-Rawson and Roy Richard Grinker
Chapter 35b: Cultural Issues in Education for those with Autism
Jim Taylor
Chapter 36: Supportive Environments for Best Autism Practice
Part VI: Data Collection in Education and Measurement of Progress
Kobe Vanroy and Peter Vermeulen
Chapter 37: Setting and Evaluating Goals in Education
Maureen Bennie
Chapter 38a: Feedback from Family Members on Outcomes and Experiences of Education for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum
Jordan McNeil and Elizabeth O’Toole
Chapter 38b: Measuring Success from School Stakeholders’ Perspectives
Emma Goodall
Chapter 38c: Feedback from Individuals on the Autism Spectrum about the Experience & Outcome of Education
Suzanne Kucharczyk and Peggy Schaefer Whitby
Chapter 39: Measuring Quality in Educational Programs for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Lisa Ruble, Wing Hang Wong, & John McGrew
Chapter 40: Data Collection in Education and Measurement of Progress
Brian A. Boyd, Jessica R. Dykstra Steinbrenner, Stephanie S. Reszka and Abigail Carroll
Chapter 41: Research in Autism Education: Current Issues and Future Directions
Karen Guldberg
Chapter 42a: Tiers of Education: the Power of Collaborative Partnership in the Creation and Delivery of Professional Development for Autism Practitioners
Rita Jordan
Chapter 42b: Crystal Gazing

The SAGE Handbook of Autism and Education is a comprehensive guide that provides a wealth of information on topics from fostering collaboration to addressing the needs of students on the spectrum with co-occurring mental health issues. This guide edited by Rita Jordan, Jacqueline M. Roberts, and Kara Hume includes well-known and highly respected authors representing various disciplines.  The handbook will be a valuable resource for both practitioners and families.  The editors are to be commended for their work in bringing all this information together.  This is an important and relevant book for anyone interested in supporting students on the spectrum.   

Cathy Pratt
Director, Indiana Resource Center for Autism, Indiana University

The SAGE Handbook of Autism and Education provides a comprehensive overview of educating individuals with autism and it includes many impressive features.  The Handbook covers a range of perspectives and social-ecological influences from broad international perspectives, socio-political systems, and cross-cultural considerations to specific characteristics of individuals, both educators and those with autism.  The Handbook emphasizes the critical roles of families and includes perspectives of parents and voices of autistic individuals.  There is clear appreciation for the uniqueness of individuals with autism across the lifespan.  The Handbook emphasizes evidence-based practice that includes various domains of functioning and covers critical transitions across the lifespan.  The team of contributors is equally impressive and includes international leaders across various educational specialties.  I am confident the Handbook will be well-received by a broad audience.

Jonathan M. Campbell
Professor, Department of Educational, School and Counseling Psychology, University of Kentucky College of Education

This handbook comes at a critical time in the history of schooling.  Children with autism are one of the fastest growing populations in our school system, and teaching staff are under tremendous pressure to provide adequate supports.  Readers will find a broad array of topics across the schooling age span that are research informed and can provide a road map for implementing effective school practices.  Such information is critical for both the practitioners and the individuals who train them.

Connie Kasari
Center for Autism Research and Treatment (CART), University of California, Los Angeles

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