Offering learning opportunities adapted to autistic children: a lever for social participation

Academic learning is at the heart of children’s daily lives at school, and an important determinant of social participation.

Yet a significant proportion of children with autism face difficulties at school, and their graduation rate remains low. Could it be that current educational practices are not optimizing the full potential of autistic children?

The Coalition de parents d’enfants à besoins particuliers du Québec, autistic individuals and the school community have identified the urgent need to offer learning opportunities that are aligned with the needs of autistic children.

The aim of this partnership is to

  1. identify pedagogical practices favorable to school learning by and for autistic children, and
  2. propose recommendations and courses of action for learning that is based on the strengths and interests of autistic children and is realistic in the school context.

The results of this project will contribute to the deployment of inclusive schools in Quebec.

Global progress
REC approval and development of data collection tools: interview guides with autistic children and focus groups (autistic adults, parents, teachers).
Data collection: interviews with 30 children and 30 adolescents with autism
Analysis from the point of view of autistic children and adolescents
Focus groups with autistic adults, parents and teachers
Content analysis of focus groups and development of recommendations and courses of action
Development of knowledge transfer tools and dissemination of results
Team members

Principal investigators:

Anne-Marie Nader, Department of Psychology, Université de Montréal
Marie-Ève Boisvert, Faculté des sciences de l’éducation, Département de psychopédagogie et d’andragogie, Université de Montréal

Principal partner :
Bianca Nugent, Coalition de parents d’enfants à besoins particuliers du Québec (CPEBPQ)

Person with experiential knowledge:
Lucila Guerero,
Annyck Martin,
Luka Cruz-Guerero,

Other team members and affiliations :
Isabelle Soulières Department of Psychology, Université de Montréal
Julie McIntyre Department of Speech-Language Pathology, Université de Montréal
Martine Gauthier Centre de services scolaires Des Découvreurs
Isabelle Chamberland Speech-Language Pathologist, Centre de services scolaires des Patriotes
Josiane Caron-Santa Occupational therapist and author
Cynthia Daniela Franci Student, Department of Psychology, Université de Montréal

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