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K-12 Educational Leadership and Autism

K-12 Educational Leadership and Autism
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Author(s): Judy Ruth Williamson (Texas Christian University, USA) and Jillian Yarbrough (West Texas A&M University, USA)
Copyright: 2022
Pages: 16
Source title: Understanding Parent Experiences and Supporting Autistic Children in the K-12 School System
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Jillian Yarbrough (West Texas A&M University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-7732-5.ch006


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The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that about 1 in 54 children have been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Autism occurs among all ethic, socioeconomic, and racial groups. With this nationwide prevalence, educational leadership, Principals, Vice Principals, and parents must be in a continuous state of learning about autism and the unique needs of their autistic learners. The chapter is dedicated to helping parents and educational leadership to understand each other's roles and responsibilities in regard to serving children and youth on the autism spectrum. First, the chapter will explore literature regarding unique leadership characteristics needed to support youth on the autism spectrum. Next, an overview of literature available regarding educational leaders' perspectives and strategies in supporting youth on the spectrum. Finally, suggestions and strategies for developing educational leaders that understand and cherish youth on the autism spectrum are given.

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