Education for children with autism....

Ashley - posted on 09/07/2010 ( 12 moms have responded )

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Is it better for a child diagnosed with autism to go to a special needs public school program or an institute that specializes in autism? My son is enrolled in special needs pre-k but I wonder should i be trying to get him into the Marcus Institute or Emory programs.

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Allison - posted on 09/09/2010

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if I had to do it all over again.. I would've sent my son to a school specialized with autistic kids..

Laura - posted on 09/09/2010

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Hello,

It really depends on what your local school systems has to offer you and your child. If you have a MRDD group around you they will help with an IEP advocate. I found our local system didn't have programs for my daughter and would not give her an aid. I placed her in Summit Academy and she is thriving! She looks forward to school and her social skills are growing. She now carries conversations!!

Zenzele - posted on 09/09/2010

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The first thing I would ask you is what diagnosis does your child have. That will make the difference as to what program may be best for him. Not all autism diagnosis require the same amount of care. Know that our son is as unique in the autism community as his DNA. No other child with autism is like him. I would have to agree with Michelle Parsons. Without knowing much more info I would suggest a public school with an ASD only classroom. If that was not available I would put my child in a private school for ASD only. Then my last choice would be public school spec. ed. However, this is truly based on a child who is exhibit ASD characteristics that warrant that close attention. Those who are high-functioning may do very well in a typical spec. ed. class. A child that does not need a visual schedule and such. Hope that helps.

Michelle - posted on 09/09/2010

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I homeschool both of my asperger children. One in kindergarten and one in 7th grade. Homeschooling is definitely not for everyone and takes a lot of time and energy but there are so many benefits. This also opens up the schedule for therapy and play groups. My children both go to play therapy at least twice in group and once by themselves each week. Plus there OT and PT. I can also squeeze in Dance, Soccer and other activities. I do not have the behaviors associated with school. We are military and move alot so this keeps things constant when comes to school and what my children receives is not based on the money available to the school.

Deidre - posted on 09/09/2010

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Honestly I think it #1 depends on your finances and if you can afford to send your child to a special school and #2 what your son's spectrum diagnosis is. Some public schools seem to do a great job and with other's they seem overwhelmed by spectrum children. I would do some research and see what is a better fit for your family :)

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Sylvia - posted on 09/12/2010

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I think that If your child can handle being in a special needs pre-k, around "model" children it will help his progress in all most every area because it will allow him to enteract with them and help with transition when he is older. My son attended a special needs pre-school for 3 years because he started when he was 3 and I didn't send him to kindergarten til he was 6. He has a late birthday and I felt that waiting that extra year would allow him the time to become more mature in some areas. He was provided with par support in the classroom and pulled for OT and Speech. Know that he is in the 9th grade he has Resource Classes for all his core subject ...Reading, Study Skills, and Math. The rest of his classes he has Para support except for Industial Arts and P.E. He has an IEP in place that not only provides necessary adaptations were needed but also allows for resources where they are needed. Since my son is experiencing puberity his PDD symtoms have become more prevalent than when he was younger. You are your childs best advocate and you are part of the IEP Team. You have the right to request a meeting any time you fill you need one to address any issue. By law the school has to provide any necessary adaptations needed for your child to succeed. That doesn't mean that it will be cake walk. If you have access to a special needs school or an Independent Living Center you can request that they are present at any meeting. You have the right to have as many individuals you fill you need to get the best for your child.

good luck,
Sylvia

Jeanine - posted on 09/10/2010

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We used public school until middle school. The level of services offered was much lower at that point, and a school with 1400 kids was just too stressful. So we homeschooled for 5 years and we loved it! It was not as difficult as you might think, no more Ritalin-yeaah!- we had lots of fun.

Melanie - posted on 09/09/2010

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I agree, you should also look in to the UPP program at THe Conde Center. www.thecondecenter.com

Jodie - posted on 09/09/2010

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my son is 10 we have had quite a few different problems with him in public schools but here in oz most of the private schools wont touch them as soon as u say they have asd they tell u they dont have any spaces in that year, we have found a public school that will work with him and us so the outcome for us has been trial and error, find a school that u like and if they dont work then as hard as it is u may have to try another good luck

Anumita - posted on 09/09/2010

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Hi..I have two kids of the same Aspi and PDD.. I saw the teachers and the tutors take great effort for him in the public school he was going to....and he was in a regular class setting, so sending my younger on to public school as his older brother was much easy for me...my older ones 6th grade was a turning point, both academically and socially he has developed and is a 4.7 gpa holder...am proud of him and bless all the teachers and tutors who worked with him..

Maya - posted on 09/08/2010

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Hi there,
My son who is an Aspie (he was diagnosed when he was 5 in kindergarten) is in a regular school with an IEP (Indiviualized Educational Plan) and he has 2 aides (altho this year in 5th grade he is down to 1 aide part time) (they don't do full time aides in middle school so we are working on getting him used to not having a full time aide) but anyways.. he is doing well in his public school (I am not sure how far along the spectrum your son is)

Michelle - posted on 09/08/2010

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As a mom with an asperger's child I suggest a public school with a good autism program but a private school that deals with this gives better one on one. My son has gone to public school but due to his outbursts, emotional and social skills he has finally been placed in a school of only 18 students and what a difference,

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