A book on how to create educational content for children with autism has been published by the Australian Research Council.
The book, Learning with Children with Autism, describes the importance of children’s experiences as they develop, and provides a blueprint for how to teach children.
It also includes suggestions for how teachers can work with children, and how they can use these experiences to enhance learning and development.
A group of Australian scientists, led by Dr Rebecca Bailes, have been working on the book, with the goal of publishing it in a year.
The authors, who include Dr Bailess, Professor Mark MacDougall, Professor Michael Toulmin, Dr James E. Smith and Dr James S. O’Reilly, hope to publish the book by 2020.
“It is really exciting for our work because there is a lot of knowledge that is already out there about how children are doing in terms of the skills and behaviours they are learning,” Professor MacDougal said.
“There is a tremendous amount of knowledge about how the brain is working.”
What is exciting about this is that we’re really trying to take that knowledge and create a framework for a book that will help teachers in all schools, all children, in all different parts of Australia.
“A book on learning with children with Autism: A Blueprint for a new way to help children learn has been launched by the Council for the Science and Humanities (CSHH) and the Department of Education and Skills (DoE).
Professor MacDougalla said while there was an opportunity to create content for all children with ASD, it was crucial that the content was accessible to all children.”
The research is looking at children who have autism in particular, and children with different forms of autism.
We’re really interested in how to deliver the content to children who might not be able to see it,” he said.
The project has been funded by the Department for Education and the Arts, with more funding expected from the Department’s Office of the Children’s Commissioner.”
We’re working with children’s service providers, so we’re working very closely with them to make sure they’re providing services that can be very helpful for their children, to be able them to communicate with them, to see them as they interact,” Professor Simeon said.
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