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Good Practice in Autism Education

University of Bath via FutureLearn


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Support autistic children in the classroom

Do you want to improve your understanding of autism and learn good practice in autism education?

This 4-week course tackles crucial questions about autism education to ensure that children on the autism spectrum are educated to their greatest potential.

Understanding autism in education

The course will begin by exploring your understanding of autism, including the signs, symptoms, diagnosis, and potential causes. You’ll explore how special educational needs and disabilities can affect a child’s ability to learn.

Inclusivity in the classroom is extremely important, so you’ll explore how to develop an inclusive curriculum for autistic students.

You’ll also learn about the many modalities of schooling for students with autism, including general special schools, autism-specific special schools, autism units within mainstream schools, and being in a mainstream classroom.

Develop good practices for autistic children

Next, we’ll investigate more thoroughly what contributes to good practice in autism education, including building upon research-based evidence.

Sharing the best practices can be beneficial to the autism community, so we’ll explore social apps such as SOFA, co-designed by people on the autism spectrum.

You’ll learn how to promote inclusion, cognitive accessibility, wellbeing and academic skills at school, and also understand how life skills can benefit autistic children beyond the classroom.

The primary target audience are those who work with autistic children in schools, such as teachers and teaching assistants. However all practitioners can benefit (eg speech and language therapists). The target age range is compulsory education (4-18 years). The course will also be of benefit to interested parents of autistic children, as well as the autistic community themselves.

The European Commission support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents which reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.


  • Introduction to Autism and Intellectual Disability
    • Welcome to Good Practice in Autism Education
    • What is autism?
    • Special education needs & disabilities (SEND) and intellectual disability
    • Autism, intellectual disability and beyond.
  • Inclusive Education
    • Inclusion
    • Schools, systems and structures for education provision
    • Inclusive culture, policies and practice
  • Good Practice in Autism Education
    • What is good practice in autism education?
    • Evidence-based practice (EBP)
    • Evaluating research evidence
  • Good practice examples
    • Get involved! Good practice with digital support for autism.
    • Good practice in autism education (AMUSE)
    • Good practice beyond education (AMUSE too)

Taught by

Mark Brosnan


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  • Anonymous
    Very informative and accessible. The ,most important aspects are covered very clearly with tips for putting what you learn into practice.
  • Anonymous
    Great course. Many useful information an links for practical use. This course gives good understanding of autism and applying of good practice in school. It can be usful both for teachers and parents.

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