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The achievement gap: The discrepancy between intellectual ability and academic achievement in children with autism

Howse, Jessica; (2019) The achievement gap: The discrepancy between intellectual ability and academic achievement in children with autism. Doctoral thesis (D.Clin.Psy), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

A narrative review was used to explore how children with autism spectrum conditions (hereafter “autism”) are performing in mainstream school. The review starts by introducing autism; discussing the presentation and symptoms experienced, as well as challenges faced, by individuals with this condition. In addition it reviews factors that determine successful outcomes for these children, with particular focus on recent research that has highlighted school experience, including academic achievement, as one such factor. // This narrative review then goes on to examine the current literature on the academic achievement of children with autism. In particular it gives an overview on the academic profiles of children with autism, including their performance in reading, writing, and mathematics tasks. Additionally it compares the academic achievement of children with autism to typically developing peers. It then considers the predictors of academic achievement in children with autism, with particular focus on IQ and autism symptomology. // The narrative review ends with a discussion of the limitations of the current literature as well as gaps in knowledge and understanding. It provides suggestions for future research; asserting the motivation and rationale behind the empirical research paper.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: D.Clin.Psy
Title: The achievement gap: The discrepancy between intellectual ability and academic achievement in children with autism
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © The Author 2019. Original content in this thesis is licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) Licence (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/). Any third-party copyright material present remains the property of its respective owner(s) and is licensed under its existing terms. Access may initially be restricted at the author’s request.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10082220
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