Autism in Young Adult Literature

The Perspective of a Special Educator

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Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • CDC Definition- Autism Spectrum Disorder is a developmental disability that can cause significant social, communication, and behavioral challenges.
  • 1 in 68 children are diagnosed with ASD
  • Diagnosis is 5 times more prevalent in males

Common Themes

  • Most characters have Asperger's or are high functioning
  • Power relationships- Main character is a family member or child with Autism
  • Concept of Inclusion
  • Being the outsider

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Essential Questions

  • How does Autism impact your classroom?
  • What text have you read that feature Autistic characters?
  • What was the Autistic child's relationship with other characters?

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