As with so much in the world of autism, the definition of a good educational program depends upon the needs of the individual child and the expectations of the child’s parents. Thus, while any child with autism will do better in a classroom that supports his particular needs and learning style, the “best” option will depend on your child’s needs, your district’s strengths, your personal philosophy, and your pocketbook.
THINKING ABOUT SENDING YOUR CHILD TO A SCHOOL?
Mainstreaming? Inclusion? Special needs classes? Public school? Private school? Which is best for your child? The answer, of course, is — it all depends! Some questions to consider as you begin thinking about your options are:
- Is your autistic child verbal and engaged?
- How are her academic skills?
- Can he handle large groups?
- Does she do well with a lot of sensory input?
- Does he have difficulties with focus?
- Has she had a tough time in typical classrooms in the past?
- What kinds of programs can your public school offer?
- How well do local programs fit your child’s needs and abilities?
- Are there local private or charter options that make logistical and financial sense for your family?
Prepare for Future
Children are given tips and tools for overcoming differences in learning methods, particularly when confronting new materials in-group environments. Priming them for success during the formative stages of the learning process, in college and beyond the campus.
When children have access to special education tutoring, they’ll have ample opportunity to revisit challenging subject matter, use new strategies for accurately conceptualizing and comprehending these topics and prepare for the advance into related and more complex materials.
Working with educators who are both knowledgeable and understanding of their unique needs helps children feel more comfortable about their unique learning methods. For older teens that are preparing for higher education, this ability to advocate for themselves will later prove invaluable.
Children with learning disabilities who receive special education tutoring services tend to be far more comfortable in the learning environment than those who do not. This comfort can lead to fewer behavioral issues and fewer problems with;