The diagnosis of AS is only made if three key types of behaviour are present; the child's social relationships and social development are abnormal. The child is failing to develop normal communication and the child's interest and activities are restricted and repetitive rather than flexible and imaginative.
It is thought that people with autism display certain characteristics which fall into three categories: social impairment, restricted and repetitive behaviour and interests, and communication impairment. I noted that the Pupil's depth of knowledge in some aspects of science and in his History observation reflected this. He simply knew so much about specific things which really impressed me. (Appendix 1, Lesson Observation - History).
During my first placement I chose to focus on a year 8 pupil,(Pupil A); who has a statement for Asperger's Syndrome. He was diagnosed with this at the end of 2011. I have observed him in a number of lessons which include Science, Maths, English and History where he has responded in a variety of different ways. There are many intervention ideas and strategies which I have noted through these observations and also through reading various literature. I believe that it is important to plan and deliver lessons which allow each and every pupil the opportunity to learn by having a sense of belonging and being part of the class. It is important that they should feel comfortable enough to be involved no matter what their diversity.
Baron-Cohen (1993:63) argues that "among children with autism of normal intelligence, school subjects that do not require extensive social or communicative skills are often preferred as these subjects are learned more easily". From my observations I would argue this statement somewhat as I found that during Science