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Professional Development for Enhancing Autism Spectrum Disorder Awareness in Preschool Professionals.

Authors
  • Petersson Bloom, Linda1
  • 1 School Development and Leadership, Faculty of Education and Society, The National Agency for Special Needs Education and School (SPSM), Malmö University, Nordenskiöldsgatan 1, 211 19, Malmö, Sweden. [email protected] , (Sweden)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Publication Date
Mar 01, 2021
Volume
51
Issue
3
Pages
950–960
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s10803-020-04562-9
PMID: 32533382
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

The current study describes the design, implementation, and analysis of a professional development programme using a Lesson Study model to enhance awareness in preschool professionals regarding inclusive education for children with autism spectrum disorder. The mixed method approach included pre- and post-intervention questionnaires, audio-recordings of group seminars, and an interview. The results indicated an increase in autism awareness among the professionals, suggesting that professionals changed their practice as a result of the programme. This was particularly clear regarding making adjustments to the learning environment and taking measures to prevent challenging situations. In addition to describing the implementation of a professional development programme in a preschool, this paper emphasises the importance of appropriate conditions for such initiatives.

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