Discuss the development of learning support knowledge in autism.
Using a person first perspective for both the individual and carer, analyse the key issues of
Provide a rationale for how educational experiences can impact an individual with autism
and their carer.
Describe the support needs required for the individual and carer using a person first lens in
relation to the school experiences.
Autism: Contemporary practices
Autism spectrum disorder refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. People with autism disorders exhibit many behaviors their family, teachers, and other supporters find challenges. At the same time, those individuals often find the world at large a challenge, and the behavior of the people in it perplexing. Due to the behavioral, information processing and sensory aspects of their diagnosis, many people on the autism spectrum often prefer familiar environments with a predictable routine. Restricted and repetitive interests, sensory processing differences and heightened anxiety can make even small changes stressful. Listening to and reflecting on the voices and personal stories of adolescent students with an autism spectrum disorder is critically important to developing more inclusive approaches to their education. Having predictability in the classroom eases anxiety for students with autism and will help avoid distraction.