The importance of the promotion of evidence-based practice as a reasonable adjustment in mainstream education settings for students with autism spectrum disorder
The importance of the promotion of evidence-based practice as a reasonable adjustment in mainstream education settings for students with autism spectrum disorder.
Special and Inclusive Education, 46 (1), 101-112.
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental condition that can affect a person’s ability to manage the complexities of varied social and environmental situations. This is particularly evident in the dynamic context of a school classroom. To assist students with ASD to navigate the complexities of Australian primary and secondary mainstream classrooms, educators are required to provide ‘reasonable adjustments’ to support learning; that is, to make changes that are practicable and achievable in order for students to access learning on the same basis as their peers. We present an argument that the ‘reasonable adjustments’ made by schools to ensure that students with ASD have equitable learning opportunities should meet a criterion of acceptability where the adjustment is evidence based. The paper also offers a summary of evidence-based pedagogical strategies that have been effective for students with ASD and concludes with a discussion offering evidence-based practices as a solution to meeting legislative requirements for students with disability.
autism spectrum discorder, evidence-based practice, inclusive education, professional development, legislation, reasonable adjustments