By Val Cumine, Julia Dunlop, Gill Stevenson

This moment version is a transparent and concise advisor to potent lecture room perform for academics and help assistants operating with teenagers with Asperger syndrome in mainstream faculties and different non-specialist settings. Preface 1 Asperger Syndrome: An creation 2 evaluation and prognosis three academic Implications of present Theories four A Framework for academic Intervention five academic Intervention in perform 6 Behavioural Intervention 7 in the direction of Precision in evaluate and educating Appendix: Diagnostic standards for Asperger Syndrome References Index

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These models are powerful in their ability to generate approaches to assessment and intervention. 22 Educational implications of current theories The ‘Theory of Mind’ impairment and ‘Mindblindness’ An ability we all appear to have, which is so commonplace as to have escaped specific investigation until relatively recently, is the ability to think about other people’s thinking and, further, to think about what they think about our thinking and, even further, to think about what they think we think about their thinking, and so on.

25 Educational implications of current theories Mahmoud was a teenager who was developing some awareness of his difficulties. ’. ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● Difficulty understanding that behaviour affects how others think or feel, leading to a lack of conscience or motivation to please. Michael used to tie string across the staircase for his brother to trip over. He was unaware of the pain and injury this could cause; he just wanted to count how many times the brother bumped his head on the way down. In the classroom, the child with Asperger syndrome does not pick up the idea of paying attention to the teacher when she is speaking – or at least pretending to – as most children do in order to conform to teacher expectations.

The child needs to learn that other people have feelings, thoughts, beliefs and attitudes and to become aware of his own thinking, feelings, beliefs and attitudes. Teach pretending and help the child discriminate between pretence and reality. Central Coherence Deficit Central Coherence Deficit is another theory put forward to account for the impairments in autism. g. the insistence on sameness, attention to detail rather than the whole, insistence on routine, obsessive preoccupations and the existence of special skills).

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