INCLUSIVE EDUCATION IN MAINSTREAM SCHOOLS WITH A FOCUS ON STUDENTS WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC

P. Adamus

University of Ostrava (CZECH REPUBLIC)
Persons with autism spectrum disorder in their everyday life deal with difficulties in social interaction, imagination and communication skills. Individuals with autism experience difficulties in key areas of their development from early childhood. Due to their characteristics, most of children with autism spectrum disorders require the setting of timely action and special educational strategies that support their overall development. The paper presents part of the research focused on quality of inclusive education of pupils with autism spectrum disorders in the Czech Republic, with a closer focus on the North Moravian region. At the outset the legislative framework of the education of students with autism in the Czech Republic is described, followed by a list of optional placement of students in schools. Next the results of surveys of parental satisfaction with the education of their children are presented. Finally there is a description of educational and therapeutic interventions appropriate for children with autism spectrum disorder as well as a description of factors influencing the educational process.