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Informing educational decisions in the early years: can evidence for improving pedagogy for children with autistic spectrum disorder be found from neuroscience?

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  • Brenda Peters,

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      Brenda Peters, Hong Kong Institute of Education, 10 Lo Ping Road, Tai Po, New Territories, Hong Kong, Email: bren_peters@me.com
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  • Chris Forlin


Brenda Peters, Hong Kong Institute of Education, 10 Lo Ping Road, Tai Po, New Territories, Hong Kong, Email: bren_peters@me.com

Abstract

It is possible that many benefits may be found for all concerned in education and child development in understanding how knowledge of the brain and its development can inform early years practice. This article, written by Brenda Peters and Chris Forlin, both from the Hong Kong Institute of Education, reviews literature based on neuroscience to establish potential links with teaching and learning, in an attempt to identify the most appropriate pedagogical support for children with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD). Two key themes have emerged: firstly, neuroscience and education and translation between these disciplines, and secondly, the relevance of these developments for specific groups of learners. This article focuses on early educational intervention and how emerging evidence from neuroscience and collaboration with educators may support future developments for practice for these young learners with ASD.

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