Inclusive provision options for pupils on the autistic spectrum

Frederickson, Norah; Jones, Alice P. and Lang, Jane. 2010. Inclusive provision options for pupils on the autistic spectrum. Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs, 10(2), pp. 63-73. ISSN 14713802 [Article]

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In the last decade, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of pupils with autism spec- trum disorders (ASD) attending mainstream schools. However, particular concerns have been expressed about their inclusion, focused on an increased risk of peer rejection and lack of staff knowledge about appropriate teaching approaches. Parental views of inclusive place- ments are consistently more positive where there is an ASD resource base in the school. This study was designed to investigate characteristics of the provision available to pupils with ASD in main- stream schools with and without a specialist ASD resource base. Information was gathered from semi-structured interviews with staff in 26 schools about levels of inclusion and support, about the strategies used to support pupils with ASD, both at an individual and whole school level, and about changes considered desirable. Interviewees were also asked to describe how they would respond to scenarios depicting situations that are commonly experienced in working with pupils who have ASD. Findings confirmed that the features of main- stream placements identified as important by parents of children with ASD were more likely to be found in schools with ASD resource bases. However, it was found that comparable provision could be made across settings given appropriate staff training. Scope for further development across settings was also identified, particularly in the use of evidence-based peer-mediated strategies.

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14 Oct 2010 09:17

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