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Couper, Llyween; Sutherland, Dean; van Bysterveldt, Anne – Kairaranga, 2013
This paper explores the place of the school playground in the lives of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). We discuss the physical environment, school systems and practices that support the development of social competence and increased peer interactions for children with ASD in their school playground. Highlighted issues include the…
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Playgrounds, Physical Environment
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Hayes, Dervla – Kairaranga, 2013
This article examines the use of prompting as an evidence-based strategy to support children with autism to develop their language, communication and social interactions skills. The literature is reviewed using a three-ringed, evidence-based practice model to support evaluation of the use of prompting. The article outlines considerations about the…
Descriptors: Prompting, Teaching Methods, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Autism
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McLaren, Stuart J. – Kairaranga, 2013
There is often intense and passionate debate about the inclusion of those students with the most complex social learning and behavioural needs. This paper, written from a parent's perspective, is based on a case study of a 15-year-old adolescent with severe and high functioning autism that was comparatively well-resourced through the new…
Descriptors: Student Rights, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Inclusion
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Higginson, Raewyn; Chatfield, Margaret – Kairaranga, 2012
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a specific disability with well defined characteristics that require teachers to utilise specific strategies to cater for the educational needs of children with ASD in the regular classroom. This paper describes an ASD school project that used a multi-faceted teacher professional development programme to train…
Descriptors: Learning Strategies, Autism, Professional Development, Pervasive Developmental Disorders
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Jones, Linda; Merry, Rosina; Mitchell, Donna – Kairaranga, 2011
This paper explores Hero Stories, a different narrative approach developed to support a child with autism to gain self-control and allow him to navigate his world as a competent and capable learner. It examines the development and use of "Hero Stories books" as a strategy for assisting a child with autism to cope with stressful situations within…
Descriptors: Autism, Coping, Children, Personal Narratives
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Bevan-Brown, Jill – Kairaranga, 2010
This article presents the results of an on-line questionnaire answered by 137 parents of children with ASD. The questionnaire sought parental opinion about what content and messages should be included in a DVD about ASD. Parents' predominant messages were that: ASD is not an illness that can be cured; children with ASD think and act differently;…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Questionnaires
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Lamont, Robbie – Kairaranga, 2008
Participatory action research advocates for teachers, parents and others to engage in practical inquiry as part of their everyday work for the purpose of improvement. Findings from this project affirm that a collaborative community of researchers, one in which the participants can critically analyse and transform their own situations, can have a…
Descriptors: Action Research, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Young Children
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Cain, Judith – Kairaranga, 2008
Taking part in the autism spectrum disorder participatory action research (ASD PAR) project was a genuine team effort for the group of people supporting Rose, a primary school student with Asperger syndrome. The following excerpts are from interviews with some of Rose's team. This is a collaborative approach to telling the story of the team's…
Descriptors: Action Research, Autism, Asperger Syndrome, Resource Teachers
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Bevan-Brown, Jill; Carroll-Lind, Janis; Kearney, Alison; Sperl, Barbara; Sutherland, Mary – Kairaranga, 2008
This article describes a participatory action research (PAR) project conducted in a large urban, co-educational secondary school. The project focused on two senior pupils with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who, seemingly as a result of feeling stressed or anxious, displayed behaviours that inhibited communication. Using questionnaires,…
Descriptors: Action Research, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Secondary School Students
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Kelly, Anna – Kairaranga, 2008
Supporting children and young people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is an endeavour associated with both reward and challenge. There are teams of people across New Zealand who provide this support daily, without fanfare or display--it is simply what they do. In 2003 and 2004 nine such teams stepped up and out by taking part in the national…
Descriptors: Action Research, Autism, Young Adults, Foreign Countries
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Kelly, Anna – Kairaranga, 2008
This article is an analysis of the reports submitted to the Ministry of Education by teams and mentors who took part in the autism spectrum disorder participatory action research (ASD PAR) project. The key findings highlight the importance of: individualised support based on a sound knowledge of the child or young person; strategies targeted at…
Descriptors: Action Research, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Foreign Countries
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Curzon, Joanna – Kairaranga, 2008
Much has happened since nine teams across New Zealand engaged in a Ministry of Education-funded participatory action research project looking at effective practice for supporting children and young people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in education. Building on earlier discussions, the project ran from 2002 to 2004, and until now the story…
Descriptors: Research Projects, Action Research, Foreign Countries, Disabilities
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Wastney, Bernie; Kooro-Baker, Gayle Te; McPeak, Carolyn – Kairaranga, 2007
This article contains the transcript of a session one mother ran in her child's class. The aim of the session was to give class members a better understanding of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in general and of her son in particular. The effectiveness of her approach is evident in the follow-up stories children wrote and in the experiences this…
Descriptors: Mothers, Autism, Parents, Coping
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Julian, Bronwyn – Kairaranga, 2006
In this article, the author narrates how her son's communication skills have progressed through the use of photographic visuals. Her son, Ryan, was diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) when he was aged two years and seven months. At this time he was unresponsive to his name, had virtually no words and definitely no comprehension of…
Descriptors: Autism, Communication Skills, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Profiles
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Birch, Jen – Kairaranga, 2006
In this article, the author shares some insights on the characteristics of a person with Asperger's syndrome, a condition on the higher-functioning end of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Born in 1955, the author was raised in rural South Auckland. As a baby, she propelled herself around the floor on her stomach, using her limbs as flippers,…
Descriptors: Autism, Asperger Syndrome, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Disabilities
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