Each year thousands of parents are faced with the decision of whether or not to send their autistic child to a special needs school. The decision can be a difficult one. Many parents are torn between sending their child to a school that will cater to their child’s unique needs and trying to mainstream their child to keep them with their peers. Here are some things to think about when considering if a special needs school is right for your child.
Autism, along with Asperger Syndrome, and pervasive developmental disorder is recognized in the autism spectrum and can collectively be referred to as ASDs. Autistic toddlers do not exhibit typical social norms displayed by their peers. Typically children with autism exhibit less eye contact and turn taking and lack the ability to use simple movements for self-expression, such as the ability to point to a desired object.
Children with autism can also display some extraordinary learning abilities such as the capability to memorize trivia and exhibit extremely rare talents. Because of the unusual nature of these children’s learning habits and needs, special needs schools can provide resources for children with autism. These schools provide a faculty that are specifically trained and experienced in working with special needs students. The lessons will incorporate specific learning activities for children with autism in order to best leverage their skills. Most importantly, special needs schools will actively cultivate a learning environment that is conducive to the nurture and education of a special needs student.
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