Parents' Perspectives on Inclusive Schools for Children with Autism Spectrum Conditions

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Falkmer, Marita, Anderson, Katie, Joosten, Annette and Falkmer, Torbjörn 2015. Parents' Perspectives on Inclusive Schools for Children with Autism Spectrum Conditions. International Journal of Disability, Development and Education. 62 (1), pp. 1 - 23. https://doi.org/10.1080/1034912X.2014.984589
AuthorsFalkmer, Marita, Anderson, Katie, Joosten, Annette and Falkmer, Torbjörn
Abstract

Children with autism spectrum conditions (ASC) increasingly participate in inclusive education. The present study reviewed studies of children with ASC for parents’ perceptions of aspects they believed contributed to inclusive mainstream school settings. Understanding the parental perspective on the facilitators for inclusion of their child with ASC in mainstream schools is likely to improve inclusive practice. Twenty-eight empirical articles revealed that parents perceived teachers as playing a vital role in the inclusion of their children with ASC. The school was considered important in creating an environment that enabled inclusion, particularly through positive peer relations, prevention of bullying and help from support staff. At the societal level, funding and legislative policies were considered important. By understanding these aspects, policy-makers, teachers, school administrators and therapists may better be able to address parents’ inclusion concerns and thereby develop strategies to improve inclusion in mainstream schools.

Keywordsautism spectrum disorders; communications; inclusion; mainstream school; parental perspective; peer relations; systematic review; teacher
Year2015
JournalInternational Journal of Disability, Development and Education
Journal citation62 (1), pp. 1 - 23
PublisherRoutledge
ISSN1034-912X
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/1034912X.2014.984589
Scopus EID2-s2.0-84921757018
Page range1 - 23
Research GroupSchool of Allied Health
Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
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