Inclusive education has grown as an international movement to not only support students with disabilities but also promote equitable access, participation, and success for all students. This book will transform the capacity of teachers and specialists working with students and families to effectively support an inclusive approach to education for students on the autism spectrum.

This book addresses the urgent need to identify inclusive educational environments and strategies for students on the autism spectrum so that they have the best chance of social, behavioural, and academic success at school. Teachers who include students on the autism spectrum in primary and secondary classrooms require greater knowledge of how they can best support the learning, social, and behavioural needs of their students. Without such knowledge, the consequences can include unsatisfactory learning experiences for all students, and interrupted schooling for the student on the autism spectrum through reduced attendance and retention, lower academic performance, exclusion, disengagement, and pressure on parents to make alternative arrangements for their child’s education.

Inclusive education is socially, emotionally, and academically beneficial for all students and positively impacts on respectful attitudes to difference. This book presents innovative, evidence-based practices that will build the capacity of teachers and specialists implementing an inclusive and contextually relevant approach to education that will support students on the autism spectrum and meet the diverse needs of all students in their classrooms.

Part 1 – Introduction. 1. Moving from a special education model to an inclusive education model: Implications for supporting students on the autism spectrum in inclusive settings – An evidence-based approach. Part 2 – Inclusion and school connectedness: A whole-school approach. 2. School connectedness to support student mental health and wellbeing. 3. How to implement a whole-school approach to school connectedness. Part 3 – Enhancing teaching and the learning experience in the classroom: Impact on educational practice for students on the autism spectrum. 4. Inclusive teaching for students on the autism spectrum. 5. Models of Practice for teachers of students on the autism spectrum. 6. Using structured teaching strategies in mainstream classrooms: Research to practice. 7. Sound amplification in school contexts: Implications for inclusive practice. Part 4 – Transition to life after school. 8. Post-school transitions: Supportive strategies informed by real-life experiences. 9. Boosting post-school outcomes: Supporting adolescents on the autism spectrum to feel ready for life after school. 10. A creative strengths-based post-school transition project for young adults on the autism spectrum: Super Conductor and the Big Game Orchestra. Part 5 – Conclusion. 11. Summary and propositions.