What is the Best Approach To Education For All Children With Autism?


Best Approach To Education?


It has been a week since the beginning of a new school year for children in Singapore.    For parents, guardians and teachers you might searching for years or might start to wonder if there is anything best method of teaching your children with autism.    See this new research to hear what the experts have to say.



Recent Study

According to a new report by researchers from the University of Birmingham’s Autism Centre for Education and Research and St. Patrick’s College Dublin, there is no one best approach that can be used in educating all children and young people with autism.


NO Best Approach

The report is an international evaluation of strategies employed in educating children and young people with autism, based on using a set of rigorous guidelines to evaluate the latest studies from around the world, published between 2002 and 2008. It also includes data from policy and best practice guidelines from the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Dr Sarah Parsons, from the University of Birmingham says: "Practice has outpaced research. Although experts agree that a range of special and mainstream provision is important for children with autism, there is no clear evidence from research to help families and practitioners decide which kind of school will be best for their child."

The report reveals major gaps in the research base for interventions commonly used when working with children on the autism spectrum. There is a particular lack of research regarding good provision for secondary students and those in post-compulsory education.

"There is a growing consensus from expert opinion as to what constitutes effective practice, and several sets of guidance have been produced by different working groups in education and health which are very helpful, to parents and others, but these need to be complemented with evidence from robust research studies."

The evidence base for good practice in transition between settings and stages of schooling needs strengthening, the report also reveals.  The new report will be relevant to practitioners, policymakers and families worldwide.

The Autism Centre for Education and Research at the University of Birmingham

Significance of Study

From this report we still could not know which methods is effective as there need to have more evidences from robust research studies to prove them.  One thing we know is that every children is different and definitely there is no best approach that could fit all.

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