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Asperger's and girls: What teachers need to know


Jarman, B and Rayner, C, Asperger's and girls: What teachers need to know, Australasian Journal of Special Education, 39, (2) pp. 128-142. ISSN 1833-6914 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1017/jse.2015.7


Individuals with the pervasive developmental disorder Aspergerís syndrome (AS) are generally of average or above average intelligence and attend mainstream schools. Despite their intelligence, some of the characteristics and challenges associated with AS can impact upon the quality of life they experience at school. Although both males and females are diagnosed with AS, females have been underrepresented and unrepresented in much of the AS research. Consequently, much of what is known about the school experiences of students with AS is based on studies consisting predominately of male perspectives. This article discusses what adult females with AS and parents of females with AS currently attending school wish teachers understood about AS in females. Many of the experiences described by participants indicate there is a lack of understanding about AS, both generally and specifically, in relation to females. Implications of these findings and recommendations for educators and schools are provided, and directions for future research are outlined.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Asperger's Syndrome, female, teachers, school, parent
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist studies in education
Research Field:Special education and disability
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Schools and learning environments
Objective Field:Inclusive education
UTAS Author:Jarman, B (Ms Belinda Jarman)
UTAS Author:Rayner, C (Dr Christopher Rayner)
ID Code:101790
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2015-07-08
Last Modified:2017-11-20

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