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Working with your child's school to develop inclusive practice...

The historical tendency has been for students with learning difficulties like autism and Aspergers syndrome to be segregated from the general classroom and taught in settings like special education or even home schooling. Because Aspergers syndrome children have average to above average intelligence, many educators believe that, with certain adjustments, these children can be included as part of the regular educational process, especially when they reach middle school and beyond.

Such inclusive practices take the commitment of the school system, the teachers, the student and the family to make such a situation work effectively. Teachers need to be taught the value of structured learning with a minimum of abrupt changes and they may need to understand the best ways the Aspergers child learns. For example, if the child is a visual learner, he or she needs as much opportunity to learn that way as is possible.

The school may need to offer some special tutoring or mentoring to help the child keep up with what’s going on in the classes. Classmates may need a talk on Aspergers syndrome so as to avoid some of the confusion and teasing that can go on when kids don’t understand the nuances of dealing with a peer with Aspergers syndrome.

Sometimes the teacher needs to make adjustments, like setting stricter routines in their teaching practices, teaching in different ways and even making changes in things like the color of ink they use on the overhead projector.

There is much evidence to suggest that children with Aspergers syndrome do better in an inclusive program with the right blend of socializing and educational techniques that maximize the learning potential of the child. If you’re child is a candidate for inclusive practice in education, speak to your child’s principal to begin the process of making it happen.

The Parenting Aspergers Resource Guide: A Complete Resource Guide For Parents Who Have Children Diagnosed With Aspergers Syndrome.

1 comment:

camick said...

I have a 14yr old son with AS. Most of the time (as far as I know) he is fine at school. But it seems this year he is have extraordinary difficulties with his English teacher. I'm at my wits end at this point. We have an ARD meeting scheduled for the 14th.

Does anyone have any ideas on what it will take to get the teachers to understand how to deal with this?

Below is a recent email from his Content Mastery teacher:

I wanted to let you know about Randy’s behavior in his English class today. It took him a while to calm down, but he completed the work and is doing fine now. Mrs. Oberthier asked him to rewrite his answers from a page because he had written them so tiny that they were not legible. When he wrote them again, he wrote them in GIANT letters scribbled across the page. She asked him to rewrite them, and he wrote them tiny again. She sent him to CM to have him correctly write his answers. He had started to rip the top of his page.

He was frustrated, and didn’t want to write them again. He threw a pencil across the room. I had him walk to the hallway with me to try to have him talk to me. He also shoved against my shoulder with his hand. I don’t think there was ANY malicious intent, but I explained that he can’t use his hands that way. I calmly explained to him that he mustn’t throw things when he is frustrated, because someone could get hurt. He says he did exactly what she told him to do. (wrote bigger, then smaller)

Mr. Turner talked with him some and told him he could go with Ms. Gwen, the behavior specialist. After he had a chance to calm down, he completed the assignment. She talked with him about appropriate behavior and writing size that is appropriate for grading. He seemed to understand, and took his finished work back to Mrs. Oberthier. I am sending a copy of this e-mail to Mrs. Green, his speech therapist, so they can do a social story about it in his next session.

My child has been rejected by his peers, ridiculed and bullied !!!

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