While there is great controversy as to what is the best educational approach for a child with autism, leading researchers and educators agree that certain educational components enhance the learning of any child with autism. When developing an educational approach for your child with the evaluation team, here are some things to keep in mind:
- Begin intervention as soon as possible.
- Develop an intervention that is focused and on-going.
- Engage your child in activities with others as frequently as possible.
- Develop an individualized program that meets your child's specific needs.
- Involve highly trained staff in your child's education.
- Collaborate closely with your child's teachers and therapists.
- Encourage all professionals to sit down together as a collaborative team to develop instructional programs, monitor progress, and modify as needed.
- Focus on developing your child's communication skills, social skills, and relationships.
- Create predictable environments, and use visual cues to help your child understand school and family routines.
- Work with your child's teachers and therapists to ensure the effectiveness of his educational program and make changes as needed to ensure continued growth and progress.
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