Special Education

Karola Dillenburger*, Katerina Dounavi, Catherine Storey, Nichola Booth, Devon Ramey, Lynne McKerr

*Corresponding author for this work

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Special education refers to the education of children identified as having intellectual, developmental, sensory, or physical disabilities, using settings and teaching methods that are specifically designed to support these children’s learning. This chapter starts with an exploration of the distinction between special and inclusive education and takes a look at teacher training in the United Kingdom in the context of disability rights and social validity of interventions. This is followed by a description of how a child’s support needs are assessed in schools through educational plans and relevant policy and legal backgrounds that govern the education of these children are discussed. The use of educational technology, including behavior analytic and digital technology, is examined and some case examples are used to illustrate effective individual interventions. The chapter closes with a discussion of the future of special and inclusive educational design.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorder
Subtitle of host publicationAssessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment
EditorsJohnny Matson, Peter Sturmey
PublisherSpringer Nature Switzerland
Publication statusPublished - 12 Aug 2022

Publication series

NameAutism and Child Psychopathology Series


  • special educational needs (SEN)
  • applied behavior analysis (ABA)
  • disability rights
  • autism
  • inclusive education
  • intellectual disability
  • educational and assistive technology


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