This is a theoretical paper to address the problems and needs faced by children with Autism spectrum of psychological conditions and to propose the social engagement in addressing their needs. These includes collaboration from parents and professionals to provide the best educational practice for the children in schools. Children with autism are characterized by widespread abnormalities of social interactions and communication, as well as severely restricted interests and highly repetitive behavior. Information about Autism Spectrum Disorder and the theory of mind deficits were elaborated to understand the problems and needs of the learners in the school context. The author proposed the whole school approach involving the school counselor, the staff, the school management and family as the most effective mean of managing the challenging behavior of children with autism. The approach adapted from the report of Ministerial Advisory Committee: Students with Disabilities (MAC:SWD; 2006) that describes the quality educational practices for students with Asperger syndrome as observed in South Australian provide a useful resource for educators to assist the students with autism and their families.
|Keywords:||Autism, ASD, Educational Practice, Aspergers’s Syndrome|
Senior Lecturer, Cognitive Science, University of Malaysia, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia