EFFECT OF INCLUSIVE EDUCATION ON LANGUAGE AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT OF CHILDREN WITH AUTISM
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Autism is a disorder that is present from birth or very early in development that affects
essential behaviors such as social interaction, the ability to communicate ideas and feelings,
imagination and the establishment of relationships with others. It generally has life long
effects on how children learn to be social beings, to take care of themselves, and to participate
in the community (4).
The primary goals of education for children with autism, include fostering normal development,
promoting learning, eliminating problem behaviours and reducing family stress (5). Essential
components of effective programmes for such children lay emphasis on functional activities
and skills needed to be successful in the real world, chronologically age appropriate activities,
instructions, in both, school and non school environments and social integration to the maximum
possible degree (6). For children with autism, education must foster acquisition of, not only
academic skills but also socialisation, adaptive skills, language and communication, and
reduction of problem behaviour.
whether they develop social skills, what if any additional therapies they receive,