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Autism and Learning (Classic Edition)

A guide to good practice, 1st Edition

Edited by Stuart Powell, Rita Jordan


158 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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Autism is a complex and often puzzling disorder in which pinning down a set of rules surrounding the teaching of children with it is almost impossible to do. Many theories and approaches claim to have the solution to teaching, yet few provide the answers when an autistic child goes against the status quo.

Autism and Learning addresses this problem with a principled approach that is based on the understanding of the pedagogy and psychology of autism. It shows how theory can influence practice and sets out a cognitive view of the relationship between learning and autism whilst explaining how the curriculum must be constructed as to accommodate that relationship. The book also sets out principles of pedagogy and illustrates their application.

Written by practitioners experienced in teaching children with autism, the book covers examples of good practice in the most salient areas of the curriculum including:

  • Developing play
  • Group work
  • Science
  • Dance and drama
  • ICT
  • Assessment
  • Communication
  • Outdoor learning.

Now with an updated preface from internationally renowned editors, this classic text should be on the bookshelves of all practitioners working with autistic children.

Table of Contents

Preface for this special edition

1. Rationale for the approach Stuart Powell and Rita Jordan

2. Translating theory into practice Rita Jordan and Stuart Powell

3. Developing and using play in the curriculum Rita Jordan and Sarah Libby

4. Beyond compliance: The importance of group work in the education of children and young people with autism Margaret M. Golding

5. The teaching of science Pam Maddock

6. Dance and drama Stephanie Lord

7. Autism and Information Technology: therapy with computers Dinah K. C. Murray

8. Assessment Staff at the Helen Allison School (NAS), Compiled by Malcolm W. Taylor

9. Communication Gina Davies

10. The development of the Otdoor Eucation Programme at Storm House School Geoff Evans

About the Editors

Stuart Powell is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Hertfordshire, where he was for some years the Director of Research Degrees.

Rita Jordan is Emeritus Professor in Autism Studies at the University of Birmingham.

About the Series

Routledge Education Classic Edition

The Routledge Education Classic Editions Series celebrates Routledge's commitment to excellence in scholarship, teaching and learning within the field of education. Written by experts, these books are recognized as timeless classics covering a range of important issues, and continue to be recommended as key reading for education students and professionals in the area. With a new introduction that explores what has changed since the books were first published, where the field might go from here and why these books are as relevant now as ever, the series presents key ideas to a new generation.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Special Education / General
EDUCATION / Special Education / Mental Disabilities
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / General