Sample Education Paper on Education and Autism spectrum disorder

Autism spectrum disorder or Autism or ASD is a social and behavioral impairment that begins in childhood, lasting throughout their life of the affected person. The disorder affects their broad based neurodevelopment that is the result of genetic events happening prior to their birth affecting their socio emotional and cognitive development (Nih.gov, 2020). The disorder includes pervasive developmental disorders and Asperger syndrome and affects their communication, learning process, and their interaction with others (CDC, 2020). The disorder has no cure but use of some behavioral management therapies may improve a person’s body ability to function.

Students with ASD should be placed in inclusion settings with typical peers as it will assist them in getting the most appropriate learning environments for them to achieve their learning potential. Students with ASD in inclusive classes are absent less often and develop stronger skills in math and reading skills, as they try to match those other normal students. The typical peers also benefit since they become more tolerable, positive, and comfortable to handle people with different abilities and temperaments (Koumpouros and Kafazis, 2019). Inclusion will help the students with ASD gain better quality social development and engagement skills as they are interacting more with typical peers rather than teachers who are found in only restrictive settings.

Students with ASD also gain by having role models who will also assist them learn new skills through observing and imitating other students. The inclusion results in the students with ASD to be able to fit in their communities and develop a sense of belonging, which prepares them for their future life as adults. Inclusion will help students with ASD with typical peers to be included in local school activities that will help them develop their individual strengths and gifts (Meehan, 2017). Students with ASD will gain by attending local schools as their brains will develop better neural connections from their experiences of learning in richer environment. It is because students with varying abilities are better motivated to learn when they study in classes surrounded by other typical students.

 

References

CDC (2020). Basics about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) | NCBDDD | CDC. [Online]          Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/facts.html [Accessed 27 Feb. 2020].

Koumpouros, Y. and Kafazis, T. (2019). Wearables and mobile technologies in Autism                        Spectrum Disorder interventions: A systematic literature review. Research in Autism                Spectrum Disorders, 66, p.101405.

Meehan, L. (2017). Supporting social inclusion for students with autism spectrum disorders:        insights from research and practice. Educational Psychology in Practice, 34(1), pp.108-         109.

Nih.gov (2020). NIMH » Autism Spectrum Disorder. [online] Nimh.nih.gov. Available at:   https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/autism-spectrum-disorders-asd/index.shtml           [Accessed 27 Feb. 2020].