I'm interested in finding out what is happening in practice for instruction of children with Autism. What is the predominate model in your location/state/country? Are you doing inclusion? Mostly self contained? Applied Behavior Analysis? I'm especially interested in what is happening at the Middle School Level: are your students changing classes? Receiving instruction in General Ed classrooms or in Resource classrooms?
How Is Autism Taught?
- In response to guest Nicholas, he needs to go to the zoo if he wants to do training! Children with autism must be taught in an individualistic manner, what works for one child, may not work for others. We are receiving ABA, and very little inclusion in the general class room (but not nearly enough). There is plenty of money for special needs kids, it just depends on if you have a school district that wants to put forth the effort. Sometimes we must "show them the way." Call your state regulating agency over the school districts, they will tell you the truth, unlike the school administration. Dexter, MO schools stink at the treatment of special needs kids. We must persevere that the school district does a better job...remember, we are paying them whether they do a good job or a crummy job. I had to remind our superintendent that he works for us!
- —Guest Mother of Angel with autism.
- I am a grandparent raising my 16 yo Aspie grandaughter. At the small rural school she attends, they do inclusion. The rural schools in our surrounding area also do inclusion. The child may be removed from the general classroom to be taught in the resource room by a special ed teacher for a specific subject they may have problems with at the inclusion level.
- —Guest Barbara B
Heart for Special Children
- Here in my country(Philippines) we have some programs in Special children, but still our government should provide more support to special education. I'm special education student and I'm very happy with my education. In my school(West Negros University) we are interviewed first if we have passion in this kind of profession. We believe that you have the heart for this profession before you can be an effective teacher in Special education. I'm happy that I am molded by this school gradually so that I will be a productive teacher in the future. I wish that I can work and share my experiences in U.S. Thank you for the Newsletter. God bless and more power!!!
- —Guest noelgayanilo
Teaching children with Autism
- There are 10 children with Autism out of 33 children with other mental disabilities.I need your guidance to train these Children with Autism.
- —Guest Nicholas
middle school autism approach
- I am in Ontario, Canada. My moderate ASD kid is in a program called "CASSLES" for half of his day, regular classroom the rest - some with EA support, some without. Education programming is not meeting his needs at all and we are considering pulling him out to homeschool. Whole focus is on his behaviour, not his education. Spec Ed, Admin and classroom staff all see behaviour as chosen and ignore giftedness and interests. No OT program in place, despite reports.
- —Guest Sam