Educating the Autistic

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1479 words
1479 words

Autism is a developmental disorder characterized by a cluster of behaviors that has rapidly became more prevalent in recent years. With the increase of children on the autism spectrum and the severity of their diagnosis becoming more pungent, public schools have found themselves braced in finding methods to educate autistic children. A complex disorder needs complex help. The idea of creating an environment at which every student will be able to meet their highest potential in their education, including those with disabilities such as autism, is existent, but whether or not that doctrine is being applied is in question. There are several appropriate methods, such as providing teacher assistants and enhancing special education programs, that schools can take to see that children with autism are being educated in a manner that is applicable for each individual. Public schools need to invest in adding applied behavior analysis, which is to be known the best and most well-supported method of choice by parents, to their special education programs to create success for students with autism (Winerman).

In the year 2009, the Centers for Disease and Prevention dispatched a statement announcing that every one in ninety-one births in the United States are of children on the autism spectrum, a rise from the previous ratio in 2000 at one in five hundred. “An estimated 50 children are diagnosed with autism every day” (“Autism Prevalence Rate”). Imagining the average middle school may have close to six hundred students, one can determine because of the national prevalence there may be statistically seven students in that particular middle school. Seven students who require an appropriate education just like everyone else.

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In this essay, the author

  • Argues that public schools need to invest in adding applied behavior analysis to their special education programs to create success for students with autism.
  • Explains that every one in ninety-one births in the united states are of children on the autism spectrum, a rise from the previous ratio in 2000.
  • States that the individuals with disabilities act (idea) guarantees a free, appropriate public education to all children with disabilities in every state and locality across the country.
  • Explains that children with autism do best when there is a strong partnership between the school and the home.
  • Explains that private schools have only accommodated applied behavior analysis to students with autism, but parents are pressuring public schools to expand their autism curriculum to include it.
  • Describes applied behavior analysis as an educational method based on positive interactions, imitations, and reducing obstructing behaviors.
  • Explains the different symptoms and signs of autism vary for each person. a child with severe autism will more than likely hold unusual traits such as having extreme reactions to changes in his/her life.
  • Explains that applied behavior analysis provides a comfort zone for the student to work because it is repetitive, using one of the most common symptoms of autism to the students’ advantage.
  • Explains that children with autism have difficulty recalling information by memory. applied behavior analysis breaks down skills in specific parts so that each element can be specifically taught.
  • Explains that communication impairment of autistic children is one of the hallmark traits of autism. applied behavior analysis is a one-on-one interaction between the student and teacher.
  • Opines that applied behavior analysis needs to be provided in more public schools. lack of it being incorporated into the special education department hurts the students in need.
  • Cites "autism prevalence rate." child autism parent cafe. n.p., 21 feb. 2011.
  • Explains that the lovaas institute's approach to teaching special students in general education classrooms was published in 2007.
  • Cites smith, fran, and susa, david a. how the special needs brain learns.
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