Educational Options for Autistic Students

Educating an autistic child and college student into a large classroom setting, can be a challenge when routines and sensories from noise can be overwhelming. Yet with their special needs, how can they prosper well in school? Here are some better alternatives to get them the educational help they need.

Public School

Most schools of course offer these classes for their curriculum and are professionally trained to teach them based on their learning styles and needs. Many children can qualify to be under an IEP (Individualized Educational Plan). Many students with Autism and learning disabilities have their own learning styles, (Auditory,Kinesthetic, and Visual). The IEP counselor monitors children in their classrooms and observes their learning behavior to better predict their consistency in learning. Some public schools can be overpopulated and not have the necessary tools to help those with autism. Many times, schools depend on standardized testing and the objective grading system, which may not be helpful for special needs students.

Charter School

They are just like public schools, but center around a subject of choice, such as arts, mathematics, sciences, language and music. Many of them are built from a close knit of local parents and community members. This creates a familiar and friendly environment for autistic students, without having to face too much of the unknown. However, despite these educational perks, funding for after school programs and care vary. So despite the high demand in charter schools, do your research if one of them is best for your child’s abilities and cater to special needs.

Private School

Private schools can be considered the best option, especially since most of them can be an all special needs private school. Some of them even have boarding for students, so they can have someone guide them to their classrooms, as well as learn how to take care of themselves in a room setting. Many parents can feel at these with these kind of private schools because they don’t have to worry about how to help them after school especially if a parents has a busy work schedule and their child is low functioning. However, the costs to attend these private schools are very expensive and can be over $20k annually. The parents would have to show proof of finances for their child to attend, and their child can be isolated from expectations of the real world, just to meet their needs.

Homeschooling/Online

These two options are the last to consider if any public and private school setting is not an option. Your child is already in a familiar place at home, and already knows you as the teacher, as long as you have a plan and experience to teach in special education. Many of your Childs books and school supplies are out of pocket and grow to be expensive overtime. Even teaching by yourself at home while having to work can be overwhelming. That option is possible if you have the right curriculum. Here is a list below to check out

  • Abeka Curriculum. Abeka Curriculum is a Christian curriculum well-suited for children on the autism spectrum
  • ACE: Autism Curriculum Encyclopedia
  • Calvert Education. …
  • Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschool
  • Gemm Learning
  • Memoria Press
  • TeachTown
  • Timberdoodle

These curriculums can also be learned online, as long as you monitor your child to use the computer correctly.

ABA

Applied Behavior Analysis, is an autism based therapy to help teach your child social and learning skills while they are either homeschooled or in a public school. Kids can meet for ABA, around three times a week for 4 hours a day for after school lessons and therapy. They teach communication skills in speech, writing, and other means necessary to speak such as an ipad with spoken flash cards. ABA therapists can’t take over as the teacher, since they are only trained to help kids with autism manage day to day life. This is a good option if the other options listed above are not enough.

I wish you good luck on your search, and please research well on the right educational option!

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