EDUCATION TO HELP AUTISTIC PRESCHOOL CHILDREN INTEGRATE INTO COMMUNITY IN THE NORTHERN MOUNTAINOUS AREAS OF VIETNAM - REALITY AND SOLUTIONS

V.H. Nguyen1, C.P. Tran1, T.M.H. Tran2, N.T.T. Dinh3

1The Vietnam Institute of Educational Sciences (VIETNAM)
2Thai Nguyen University of Education (VIETNAM)
3Hanoi National University of Education (VIETNAM)
Education for autism was not considered as an important research subject in southeast Asia in general and in Vietnam in particular. But thanksfully, researchers pay more and more attention to this special subject. Some statistical reports marked that preschool children with autism in Vietnam in general, and in Northern mountainous areas of Vietnam in particular, are promptly increasing while the early detection and education still get many difficulties and limitations. It is necessary to implement research and evaluation on the reality of education for autistic children, specially for those in the Northern mountainous areas, an area with much difficulties. This work give some investigation on this subject, then propose educational measures to help preschool children overcome difficulties, develop personality, and integrate into community. It is also an overview of the study results on the reality of education for preschool autistic children in the northern mountainous areas of Vietnam and proposes some educational approaches for autistic children at local pre-schools.
keywords: autism, special needs.