Online course in Health & Psychology

Good Practice in Autism Education

Autism is a highly varied condition and can be associated with exceptional academic ability through to intellectual disability.

  • Duration 4 weeks
  • Weekly study 3 hours

Why join the course?

Currently there are 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.

But what are the benefits and challenges of these different types of education? What are the implications for inclusion? What constitutes good practice within autism education? These questions are addressed in this course and are crucial for enabling children on the autism spectrum to be educated to their greatest potential.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 10 secondsHello, 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 secondsThe 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?

  • Date to be announced
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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?

Mark Brosnan

Mark Brosnan

我是马克.布罗斯南教授,我担当英国巴斯大学心理系的自闭症研究中心主席和心理学教授。
I am a Professor of Psychology and Director of the Centre for Applied Autism Research (CAAR) at the University of Bath in the UK.

Lauren Jones

Lauren Jones

Hi there! I'm Lauren Jones - a PhD student at Centre for Applied Autism Research. I will be taking you along the MOOC!

Who developed the course?

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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