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Educational Issues in Autism Spectrum Disorder 

Educational Issues in Autism Spectrum Disorder
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Educational Issues in Autism Spectrum Disorder
Author(s):

Samuel L. Odom

, Veronica P. Fleury

, Leslie C. Fox

, Susan H. Hedges

, Nigel P. Pierce

, and Melissa A. Sreckovic

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199349722.003.0021
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date: 23 January 2021

This chapter examines the important features of educational programs for children and youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). After examining the diagnostic and educational definitions of ASD, the chapter describes the continuum of services available in public education. The learning needs related to academics, social competence, and independence are identified, and essential features of educational program quality are specified. The chapter proposes that instructional and teaching practices be based on evidence of their efficacy, and evidence-based focused intervention practices (EBP) are identified. A model for selecting appropriate EBPs for use with students is based on clearly specifying student goals and identifying the EBP(s) that has generated outcomes similar to the goal. The chapter concludes with discussions about families of children with ASD (i.e., school and health care, rights and advocacy) and the impact of technology.

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