• University of Bath

Good Practice in Autism Education

Discover the best practices in autism education and learn how to create an inclusive curriculum for autistic children.

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Good Practice in Autism Education

Support autistic children in the classroom

Do you want to improve your understanding of autism and learn good practice in autism education?

This 4-week course tackles crucial questions about autism education to ensure that children on the autism spectrum are educated to their greatest potential.

Understanding autism in education

The course will begin by exploring your understanding of autism, including the signs, symptoms, diagnosis, and potential causes. You’ll explore how special educational needs and disabilities can affect a child’s ability to learn.

Inclusivity in the classroom is extremely important, so you’ll explore how to develop an inclusive curriculum for autistic students.

You’ll also learn about the many modalities of schooling for students with autism, including general special schools, autism-specific special schools, autism units within mainstream schools, and being in a mainstream classroom.

Develop good practices for autistic children

Next, we’ll investigate more thoroughly what contributes to good practice in autism education, including building upon research-based evidence.

Sharing the best practices can be beneficial to the autism community, so we’ll explore social apps such as SOFA, co-designed by people on the autism spectrum.

You’ll learn how to promote inclusion, cognitive accessibility, wellbeing and academic skills at school, and also understand how life skills can benefit autistic children beyond the classroom.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 10 seconds Hello, this course provides a comprehensive introduction into Good Practice in Autism Education. It has been developed specifically for anyone working with autistic children and young people in education, as well as autistic people themselves. The course starts by discussing what autism is, as well as the role of special educational needs and disabilities within schools. Inclusion can be a difficult concept to define, and different models of inclusive education are discussed, including mainstream schools, special schools, and autism units attached to mainstream schools. What constitutes good practice in autism education is discussed, as is how to consider the evidence base for these good practices. Finally, we explore how to share good practice you is education Europe-wide.

Skip to 0 minutes and 58 seconds The course runs for four weeks, and contains a range of learning opportunities, including forums to discuss your ideas with other learners. The course is accessible to everyone working in education, so please come and join us.

What topics will you cover?

  • Understanding autism and intellectual disabilities
  • Developing an inclusive curriculum
  • Good practice in autism education
  • Sharing good practice

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Identify the educational requirements of children on the autism spectrum with and without intellectual (learning) difficulties
  • Explain the concept of inclusion to promote inclusive culture, policies and practices within mainstream schools
  • Reflect on what constitutes good practice for autism within educational settings
  • Compare specific examples of good practice in autism education

Who is the course for?

The primary target audience are those who work with autistic children in schools, such as teachers and teaching assistants. However all practitioners can benefit (eg speech and language therapists). The target age range is compulsory education (4-18 years). The course will also be of benefit to interested parents of autistic children, as well as the autistic community themselves.

The European Commission support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents which reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

Who will you learn with?

I am a Professor of Psychology and Director of the Centre for Applied Autism Research (CAAR) in the Department of Psychology at the University of Bath in the UK.

Educational & Child Psychologist

Who developed the course?

University of Bath

The University of Bath is one of the UK’s leading universities both in terms of research and our reputation for excellence in teaching, learning and graduate prospects.

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Erasmus+ Co-funder

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