What Should You Look for in Schools for Autism?


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Parents seeking schools to accommodate an autistic child should evaluate how teachers interact with the children, the noise level of the school that can distract a child with sound sensitivities, and the methodology and curriculum. Parents should also evaluate the cost of the school, the academic rating and the teacher-to-student ratio.

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Parents should also evaluate the child's strengths and weaknesses and evaluate if the school can foster and develop strengths and help to improve weaknesses. For example, an autistic child who excels in creative arts needs exposure to art lessons, crafting activities, theater or music lessons.

Parents must also evaluate if the school is willing to work one-on-one with the child. Children with autism may not always interact well with other students, and teachers with patience and ability to integrate the children into classroom activities at their own comfort level is often desirable.

Parents of children with autism are commonly involved in the child's education. Figure out if teachers and instructors are open to suggestions from parents at the school. Also note whether or not parent interaction in the classroom is welcome. Parents should inquire about the type of teaching strategies, types of visual aids used and assessments used to determine if the techniques are appropriate for the child.

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