Thursday, December 19, 2013

Top Ways Schools Provide Autism Inclusion

Learning can be difficult, especially for those with disabilities, but autism memoir author Monica Holloway, of Cowboy & Wills [Simon & Schuster], overcame this adversity with her son with the help of autism-friendly schools, programs and educators. Says Holloway, "My family and I have witnessed how schools have evolved over time, offering much more teacher-specific autism education and training, presenting learning materials in ways that our kids can process information and attending to sensory needs of our kids. It is very encouraging to see inclusion for our kids continue to emerge over time." Qualities that Holloway has found in autism-friendly schools include: Enthusiasm about autism. Trained, professional educators and staff understand the characteristics of autism and enjoy pursuing strategies to help kids reach the best success. Inclusion. Inclusion and socialization of those with special needs can promote good understanding and acceptance for all involved. All children in the academic setting acquire new and desired qualities through inclusion, not just the child with special needs. Personalization. No two children are the same. Schools with special education programs know that each child learns differently, with his or her own individual needs, strengths and challenges. Team approach. Parents and professionals work together towards goals and have open lines of communication, including collaboratively sharing progress at home and in school. Routine. Knowing that many children with autism need or like to follow a routine, many special education programs establish clear timelines for students' activities and transitions.

 Read more here.