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Title: The development and evaluation of additional training for portage workers in addressing the needs of children with complex social and communication difficulties/autistic spectrum diorders
Author: Smith, Caroline Rebecca
ISNI:       0000 0004 2697 5228
Awarding Body: University of East London
Current Institution: University of East London
Date of Award: 1999
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This doctoral assignment examines the dilemmas faced by Local Education Authorities in providing coherent services for pre-school children. It recognises the challenges to the strategic planning of services for children under four with special educational needs focusing particularly on children with autistic spectrum disorders (asd). The need to develop existing community based services to meet the needs of children with an asd is advanced. The nature of Portage, a pre-school service for children with special educational needs is examined. The original Portage Model is outlined and the changing nature of Portage in the 1990s is acknowledged. Positive comparisons are made between Portage interventions and successful interventions in autism. A detailed analysis of the nature of course design and adult learning is presented. Set against these principles an advanced training course for Portage Workers in addressing the needs of children with autistic spectrum disorders, is outlined, and the course materials contained in the appendices. The detailed evaluation of the course using a quasi-experimental design focusing on outcomes for Portage Workers is outlined. It identifies specific changes in the practice and perceptions of Portage Workers with regard to organising home visits, intervening in communication and behaviour management. The Portage Service is seen as a helpful service delivering home teaching to children with an autistic spectrum disorder. However, the flexibility of the Portage Model to meet the need more effectively is questioned.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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