Education Tips & Options for Individuals with Autism
Just as there are various treatment approaches, there are multiple educational programs that provide stimulating learning environments. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a federal mandate that guarantees students with disabilities a free, appropriate public education. The education plan for a student with disabilities can include "related services" that may encompass many of the treatments discussed in the treatments section.
Parents and professionals need to work together
Teachers should have some understanding of the child's behavior and communication skills at home, and parents should let teachers know about their expectations as well as what techniques work at home. Open communication between school staff and parents can lead to better evaluation of a student's progress. Community goals like purchasing meals and grocery shopping should be reinforced through work at school, just as parents' goals for their child outside of school, such as the development of leisure activities, should be reinforced.
Cooperation between parents and professionals can lead to increased success for the individual with autism. Academic goals need to be tailored to the individual's intellectual ability and functioning level. Some children may need help in understanding social situations and developing appropriate responses. Others may exhibit aggressive or self-injurious behavior, and need assistance managing their behaviors.
IMPORTANT: No one program will meet the needs of all individuals with the disability, so it is important to find the program or programs that best fit your child's needs.