A Case-Study of Inclusion of an Intellectually Gifted Adolescent with Autism Spectrum Disorder in a General Education School: Risk Factors and Developmental Resources



The article examines the case of integration of an intellectually gifted adolescent with autism spectrum disorder in a general education school. It provides results of the applied behavioral analysis aimed at developing general learning skills. The child, diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome at early school age, encountered difficulties related to the inability to study effectively at school in spite of the clear evidence of intellectual giftedness (including such motivational and instrumental preconditions as high levels of cognitive interest, verbal and abstract reasoning, and educability). The article reflects on the risks and advantages of the developmental work with the “twice exceptional” adolescent following an individual behavioral plan. Based on the results of the study, the article outlines the possible ways of forming the learning behavior skills: learning activity-based, communicative and organizational. The article discusses the necessity of further support of the “twice exceptional” adolescent based on an integrated approach with regard to the special learning needs of the intellectually gifted adolescent.

General Information

Keywords: giftedness, «twice exceptional» adolescents, autism, behavioral analysis, support of adolescents with special learning needs

Journal rubric: Clinical and Special Psychology

Article type: scientific article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17759/pse.2016210313

For citation: Demina E.V., Trubitsyna A.N. A Case-Study of Inclusion of an Intellectually Gifted Adolescent with Autism Spectrum Disorder in a General Education School: Risk Factors and Developmental Resources. Psikhologicheskaya nauka i obrazovanie = Psychological Science and Education, 2016. Vol. 21, no. 3, pp. 111–119. DOI: 10.17759/pse.2016210313. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Ekaterina V. Demina, PhD in Psychology, Head of the Department of Psychological and Pedagogical Support of Development of Children's Intellectual Talent, Regional Resource Center for Work with Gifted Children «Children's Technology Park», TO GAU NSO «Irthday», Novosibirsk, Russia, e-mail: deminaev@mail.ru

Anna N. Trubitsyna, Researcher of the Center for Behavior Analysis, Institute of Psychology and Medicine, Novosibirsk State University, Novosibirsk, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3702-4693, e-mail: atrubicyna@ngs.ru



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