General Education Teachers' Relationships with Included Students with Autism

Robertson, Kristen; Chamberlain, Brandt; Kasari, Connie
April 2003
Journal of Autism & Developmental Disorders;Apr2003, Vol. 33 Issue 2, p123
Academic Journal
In this study, we examine the relationship between general education teachers and second- and third-grade included students with autism. We also examine the effect of childrens' behavior problems on these relationships, as well as inclusion within the social environment of the classroom. Included students with autism form multidimensional relationships with their general education teachers. These relationships are associated with student's display of behavior problems and level of inclusion in the class. Specifically, when teachers perceived their relationships with included students with autism to be more positive, children's levels of behavioral problems were lower and they were more socially included in the class.


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