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Empowering Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Critical Decision-making for Quality Outcomes

Book

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Parents, Effective Practice, and Critical Decision-Making: What do we know

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Amanda Webster, Joy Cumming, Susannah Rowland
      Pages 9-26
    3. Amanda Webster, Joy Cumming, Susannah Rowland
      Pages 27-52
    4. Amanda Webster, Joy Cumming, Susannah Rowland
      Pages 53-83
  3. Empowering Parents to Guide their Child’s Learning

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 85-85
    2. Amanda Webster, Joy Cumming, Susannah Rowland
      Pages 93-109
    3. Amanda Webster, Joy Cumming, Susannah Rowland
      Pages 111-134
    4. Amanda Webster, Joy Cumming, Susannah Rowland
      Pages 135-154
    5. Amanda Webster, Joy Cumming, Susannah Rowland
      Pages 155-182
  4. Empowering Parents to Advocate for Change

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 183-183
    2. Amanda Webster, Joy Cumming, Susannah Rowland
      Pages 185-187
    3. Amanda Webster, Joy Cumming, Susannah Rowland
      Pages 189-204
    4. Amanda Webster, Joy Cumming, Susannah Rowland
      Pages 205-218
    5. Amanda Webster, Joy Cumming, Susannah Rowland
      Pages 219-233
    6. Amanda Webster, Joy Cumming, Susannah Rowland
      Pages 251-254

About this book

Introduction

This book presents an international research-based framework that has empowered parents of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to become critical decision makers to actively guide their child’s learning and self-advocacy. Parents can use this framework to identify their child’s vision and dreams, and to work with educators and service providers to establish specific learning goals and to implement effective interventions and programs that enable their child to achieve those goals and realise their vision for the future.

The book begins by reviewing available research on evidence-based practice for children with ASD and outlining the Cycle of Learning decision-making framework for parents and professionals. Throughout the remainder of the book, case studies are presented to illustrate the ways in which different parents have successfully utilised this framework to develop effective plans for their child and to advocate for learning and education programs for both their child and other children with ASD in school and community settings. In addition, it highlights concrete examples of how parents have used the framework to empower their children with ASD to develop their self-awareness and self-determination, and to be able to self-advocate as they move through adolescence and into adult life.

Keywords

Adolescents with autism Aspergers education Austism assessment and evaluation Austistic skill acquisition Autism specturm disorder education Autism quality of life Autism self-determination Autism spectrum disorder Collaboration with families Community of practice Curriculum frameworks Evidence-based programs Families affected by autism Family decision making Outcomes for autistic children Parents advocacy Person-centred planning Research-based framework Teaching strategies for aspergers Teaching strategies for autism

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.School of Education, Faculty of Social SciencesUniversity of WollongongWollongongAustralia
  2. 2.Learning Sciences InstituteAustralian Catholic UniversityBrisbaneAustralia
  3. 3.CoorparooAustralia

About the authors

Amanda Webster is a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Wollongong. She has gained national prominence for her focus on creating successful school communities for students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families. Starting her career nearly 30 years ago as a group home parent for adult women with autism and intellectual disabilities, she has worked closely with individuals with ASD and their families as a school leader, teacher, specialist consultant, and behaviour analyst in the USA and Australia. Since moving into the university setting, she has served as the Program Convenor for the Autism Studies program at Griffith University and is a researcher in the Cooperative Research Centre for Living with Autism.

Joy Cumming is a Professor of Education and Director of the Assessment, Evaluation and Student Learning research concentration at the Learning Sciences Institute Australia, Australian Catholic University. Originally a secondary school teacher for English and Mathematics, she has been involved in educational research for nearly 40 years. She is internationally recognised for her work in educational assessment, including concerns about quality education practice, assessment and accountability for diverse students and inclusive education. In addition to educational qualifications, she holds formal legal qualifications. 

Susannah Rowland is currently completing a Master of Autism Studies at Griffith University, and aspires to work with families of children after graduation. Her present qualifications include a Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood and a Graduate Diploma of Education in Language and Literacy. Susannah has worked as an early childhood educator and director in Australia and Hong Kong, and as an early years co-ordinator in London. Her teaching experience includes work with children from a range of cultural and linguistic backgrounds, in a variety of educational settings.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Empowering Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Book Subtitle Critical Decision-making for Quality Outcomes
  • Authors Amanda Webster
    Joy Cumming
    Susannah Rowland
  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-2084-1
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Singapore 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-981-10-2082-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-981-10-9523-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-10-2084-1
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 254
  • Number of Illustrations 14 b/w illustrations, 19 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Early Childhood Education
    Childhood, Adolescence and Society
    Child and School Psychology
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