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Eve Mandre, Doctoral
student, Certec, Department of Design Sciences, Lund University
Manuscript of Eve Mandre's
contribution to the Second Nordic Conference of Research on Autism/Asperger Syndrome
February 21-24, 2001
Problem area: Autism and Asperger syndrome are diagnosed by psychiatrists within psychiatric units. The well-tried and successful treatment methods, hitherto known, for children and adolescents with these disorders are educational. Recent evidence has proven that there are a considerable number of patients with autism/Asperger syndrome within adult psychiatry and forensic psychiatry and therefore it would be plausible to assume that special educational programmes would also be beneficial within adult psychiatric settings.
Special education as an alternative treatment method: Systematic
observations of learning difficulties - an educational diagnosis - consisting of
60 items are made. The observations are grouped under the following headings:
Perception/Reactions, Sensory Modality, Memory/Thinking/Verbal Communication,
Contact/Non-verbal Communication, Motor Behaviour.
The observations are carried out in everyday life in the patient's normal surroundings. The educational profile thus received is combined with educational methods appropriate for the learning difficulties to formulate an individual educational design.
Examples of the usage of this educational concept in individual cases will be presented.
Results: The described special educational concept has been used in a number of adult psychiatric and forensic psychiatric units and proven to give additional and different perspectives on the patients' difficulties. It has been used for diagnostic as well as treatment purposes.
The revised version of Special Education Diagnosis
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