New Views into the Science of
Educating Children with Autism
Dr Martha Burns
Autism spectrum disorders is an overarching diagnosis that covers a variety of behavioural and cognitive differences affecting all aspects of the educational process.
Generally, an autism diagnosis includes three characteristics: disorders in language/communication, disorders in social skills, and the presence of repetitive behaviors. But educators know this umbrella description comes with innumerable variations.
Some with autism have no usable speech; others have ample speech but use it in atypical ways. Some students struggle to learn to read while others learn to decode and read aloud but are unable to comprehend. Some with autism calculate exceptionally well while others struggle with basic numeracy. Some children are passive and selfstimulating while others are aggressive and hyperactive.
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