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Readers Respond: Hints, Tips, Resources for the Best Autism Education

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Updated May 15, 2009

With the right accommodations and supports, kids with autism can get a great education. Share what you've learned about special education law, accommodations, and getting the best possible education for your child with autism. Share Your Best Tips


I wonder if your son raeilzes that all teenagers feel like that sometimes, even the "cool" ones. It is part of being a teenager to feel like a loser and unloved. Praying for him because all of our kids are special whether they have a label or not!
—Guest AsmETsAx

Effective educational model for ASD

It is revealing that treatment of autism, a complex neurological disorder, is currently delegated mainly to educators rather than clinicians, with the universal prescription of federally mandated “FAPE” (Free and Appropriate Public Education). In its current form, FAPE is inefficient, fragmented, expensive, and based only weakly on scientific evidence. Most importantly, it is NOT grounded in the unique ways that ASD students learn. There is a better way: http://www.montessori4autism.org

The child is not the boss.

Just because the child is autistic does not mean he/she is sick, or it does not mean that the child should have to get everything they want. You still have to let the child know that you are the parent and that you set the rules. Not him/her.
—Guest Denise

LAUSD Special Ed

My 8 year old moderately autistic son attends Lockhurst Elementary in Woodland Hills, Ca. They have the best special ed department. They fully include the special needs kids, which I feel is very important.
—Guest Janet

Great Overview

Really great article as it points to how each situation is so totally fluid. Especially since you have to take each unique families' desires and expectations for their affected child. The experience with our daughter was that sometimes public school was great and other times it was not where she belonged. Especially as we figure out an seasonal compenent to her performance, becoming really evident when she broke into schizophrenic symptoms (also catatonia) right at the start of her 4th grade year. The critical element was that I (and my husband) determined the best course of actions according to our concerns, expectations and desires for our daughter at any given moment. The situations becomes easier to handle if you as the parent remained constantly informed about your options and pretty darn vigilent about your child's presentation. Yeah, it is harder than having a normal child, but my experience is that they are a gift - no matter how hard it gets! So take care...
—Guest Val

TALK Institute and School - Philadelphia

Here's some info on a local school: The TALK Institute and School, formerly the Magnolia School, is the nation's most progressive center for the education of children with autism and language disorders outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As teachers, therapists and researchers we are at the forefront of a new, more accurate and person-centered understanding of autism -- one that presents autism as a sensory-based movement disorder profoundly affecting language, social interaction and praxis. TALK Institute and School http://www.talkinc.org 395 Bishop Hollow Road Newtown Square, PA 19073 610.356.5566 Follow us on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/TALKschool

It all depends on the child's needs

As a therapist who works with children with autism, and as a school counselor, I have seen more than one educational setting for autistic children. I have seen violent children with Aspergers Disorder and PDD who have been placed on a 504 Plan instead of an IEP. I have had a client who had to be given intensive behavioral intervention in the school as well as at a private center outside school hours. In my experience I have seen larger school districts who have equipped special centers where their elementary school age autism spectrum kids are educated much of the day. I have seen middle school DD kids who are put into a mostly self-contained special education classroom where the teacher and aides had to learn about how to help kids with autism. If a child is very violent, some outside behavioral intervention may be needed so that other types of therapists (Speech/Language, OT, PT) and the school can work with the child safely. Their are many factors to consider in deciding.
—Guest Clyde Tigner, M.Ed. L.P.C. I.B.I.S.

I want to help Sharon.

Sharon do you have a local Autism Support Organization? Contact Autism Society of America on the Internet or 800 328-8476. Contact autismspeaks.org. I also invite you to join autismsupportnetwork. com. My group is Coping with Daily Challenges.
—Guest Ros Kapj


Best tip for education. for us. Our Son is amasing us and his teachers at the moment. But it comes from a lot of perseverance - Patience - and more patience. 1. Early diagnosis. 2. Accept what the go is and move forward. 3. Early intervention. Here it sort of exists but we could only get about 2 hours a week so our advise take what you can get graciously it all helps and keep looking for opportunities. 4. We Then we were lucky and he got a spot at a special needs school 2 days a week with 1 on 1 or small group. This was the beginning of some progress & really helped Erik but we are just getting those rewards now I feel. He didn't actually talk until he was 5. Then Primary school - 5. Our Son goes to a great school that has what they call a St Josephs room where he spends part of his day the other part in a class. The key for us is the school is very nurturing, the other kids and families really like him and all look out and support him. 6. Speach Therapy. 7. Uni Gym. Out of words
—Guest Andrew

education and autism

I'm feeling your pain, my son is high functioning but still his needs are not met. Inclusion is far too much stimulation and he is in trouble all the time. I'm searching myself for answers and the best resource I have found yet is writeslaw.com. They have a fantastic newsletter and explain alot of how to's like IEP meetings, laws, rights, and acts and break them down into usable information.
—Guest sm_smart

Autism Education Resources

My favorite tips are (1) have a positive attitude and believe that the child can succeed, (2) teach replacement behaviors (such as using words or signs instead of negative behavior to get needs met), and (3) reward and recognize students for positive behaviors instead of punishing negative behaviors. More resources: http://www.paulakluth.com/autism.html http://www.PositivelyAutism.com/ http://www.ikeepbookmarks.com/Best_Autism_Sites_for_Teachers

autism education

Im not sure my son is getting enough services or therapy thru the school system. My son is severly autistic/adhd and i feel like i know more than his therapist or teachers. His personal aid knows alot about him than the others that work with him. Also the special ed. coordinator is not telling us the truth about some things. I had to get a prescription wrote out for a weighted/pressured vest before they would get him on and we are still waiting and it has been several months. What can i do? im a single mom not working and is on a fixed income and cant afford a special ed. lawyer.
—Guest sharon

Experienced in dealing with Educators.

ABA is the only documented technique. If they tell you they do not know ABA find a place that does. Legally The Supreme Court says every Child is entitled to an appropriate Education. Log on to austismspeaks.com
—Guest Ros Kapj

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