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Video - Social inclusion of children with Autism in mainstream educational environments

Mon, 13 November 17 10:41

In this talk Prof Mitchell K. Byrne reports on his research 'Understanding Our Peers; An intervention to promote social inclusion of children with Autism in mainstream educational environments'


Students with Higher-functioning autism (HFA) are often expected to be able to cope relatively independently within the mainstream school environment

What environmental supports are in place within schools for  students with social impairments?

Program Outcomes
As expected…
Immediately after the program, students in the intervention condition showed:
More knowledge
More positive attitudes
Marginally improved behavioural intentions

The improvements in knowledge and attitudes were maintained until the end of the following school term

However, the marginal improvement in behavioural intentions was lost by the end of the following school term

The talk was given to the UCD Dublin School of Psychology lunchtime seminars in Nov 2017, see the schools Youtube channel for more videos