Thursday, February 4, 2010

Autism and Inclusion

Children with Autism and inclusion at school it sometimes a difficult topic for parents and educational professionals. Especially when looking at a child that is so vulnerable. It is a little scary.

If we want our children to be able to survive in the real world it is important to start early. Starting as early as preschool and elementary school is not unheard of for parents like me. It is never too late to start though.

Long term inclusion was and is a goal for our family. It is also a concept that many families with a member with Autism or another disability have.

If you want to start early there are a few things to keep in mind. First our children need to go to the neighborhood school with all of the neighborhood children. Second our children will learn to dress and speak like other children by being in the same places. Finally children, teenagers, and adults with Autism have the opportunity to develop the relationships and skills they will need later in life by experiencing it.

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