They say children are one of the greatest sources of happiness to parents. Because of this, it is imperative for parents to protect their children in the best possible way they can. It is a well-known fact that children can be very reckless and rather carefree. This is invariably more complex with autistic children who are unaccustomed with the ways of the world.
Most parents of Autistic children are always worried about their children and why shouldn’t they be?Autistic children are among the most susceptible and vulnerable beings on the planet. If you are parenting one, there is nothing like ‘worrying too much’. In fact, Autism is actually not rare at all. A lot of people in the world are autistic.
As a child grows, the daunting realization that he/she has to head off to school begins to dawn on the parents. It is usually quite challenging for parents to decide what kind of school would best suit their child.
The first thing one needs to do in selecting the right school or learning environment for an autistic child is to understand what the condition actually is.
A child might be autistic, but if one is unaware of the condition, it is possible to attribute such child’s behavior to some sort of mischief, mental disorder or retardation. One could simply believe that there’s somehow a failed method in bringing up or training the child.
So What Actually Is Autism?
Autism Spectrum Disorder, commonly known simply as ASD, refers to a group of disorders. This group includes autism, Asperger’s syndrome, and atypical autism (also known as pervasive development disorder).
Children who are on the autism spectrum can present with a number of different symptoms which can be low-functioning, high-functioning, or anything in between. In short, Autism affects how people make sense of the world.
As a parent of an autistic child, it could be very challenging to identify the right school or institution that will be capable of housing your special child. Here is how to go about it:
Examine The School Facility
The most crucial aspect in choosing the right school for an autistic child is taking the time to search for the school that has the most qualified staff, in particular, the principals and administrators who are trained in special education leadership.
A child’s well-being is paramount, so it is imperative that one patiently look for those who are well trained and positive. Empathy is a very important aspect in dealing with autistic children. One should look for people who are most likely to understand children with Autism spectral disorder.
Ensure to maintain a steady and cordial relationship with a few of the school staff. Visit the school whenever you can. Doing so is more likely going to provide a clearer picture of how personnel interact with and teach students, as well as how classmates are taught to settle disagreements, develop relationships, and work together.
Compare Mainstream To Specialist Schools
Autism Spectral Disorder is very vast. Each child might exhibit a different kind of behavior, so one will need to know the specific condition that a child has. Mainstream schools vary from specialist schools in many ways. Each category of school has its pros and cons. One will have to decide which one to go for.
For instance, a common trait of autistic children is their nonverbal behavior. Most autistic children rarely (more likely never) speak. If a child falls into that category, then it would be prudent to enroll him/ her in a special education school where he/she can be part of small classes. In that way, he/she can learn from teachers who have had very specialized training, and are able to utilize a variety of teaching methods and aids designed for children with ASD.
Mainstream schools also have their own advantages. If a child is rather intelligent and possesses a higher functioning, then perhaps it is better to consider a mainstream school.
Because all the children in special schools are… well… special, there is a limit to social skill enhancement. However, with mainstream school, the child has a far better chance of enhancing their social skills and providing more healthy competition academically.