Autism covers such a wide spectrum of symptoms it can be can be difficult to pinpoint which school might be best for your child. ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder) can range from Mild to Severe with symptoms ranging from the child not being responsive to high functioning.
Unfortunately Autism isn’t really understood in state schools, and therefore it can be a great help to your child to enroll them in a school funded by a private organization.
Many privately run schools specialize in Autism and will only accept children who suffer from the condition. It is these schools that have invested time and money into the condition to get the best out of the children and give them a foundation from which to forge the path for the rest of their lives.
Specialist Autism schools will often have both teachers and carers on the staffing roster and offer a flexible curriculum to suit the needs of the child. This is extremely important for a condition that can vary so much from child to child. Not only do the specialist schools offer the advice and assistance from its employees, but they are also designed to help stimulate the children through the environment. For example, certain colours might be used in the decoration of a classroom as research has shown that these colours can help the child engage more with his or her environment.
Teachers and Carers that have been trained to understand autism can offer the best form of support and education for your child. Some schools may even offer one to one tuition if it is deemed that the child needs this to help their progress. They may be assigned a mentor that stays by their side all day every day. In some cases the Autism Schools offer residential services so the child can stay on the ‘campus’ throughout the length of the term. This may help parents find the best school for their son or daughter, and if travelling distance becomes a problem then the residential offering can help.
Another reason why parents might opt for a specialist school is teasing and bullying. Whilst it may appear that some autism sufferers are not as developed as others it is easy for them to become the subject of attention from other kids at the school.
The most important thing about a specialist Autism School is that your child is around people that understand the disorder and are able to cater for their every need. Its important that each child, no matter if they suffer from autism or not, is allowed the chance to make a future for themselves.