Category: Before the Child’s first day in the classroom
Suggestion #14: Determine how dependent the child is on the parent to communicate for them.
During Suggestion #9, ask the child a question directly and notice if the parents answer the question for the child rather than waiting for the child to speak. Many autistic children have difficulty communicating with others; because of this, the child may rely heavily on the parent to communicate their needs for them. Ask the parents if the child ever becomes distressed when they drop them off at school or daycare, and if so, have they put any practices or therapies in place to help the child with separation anxiety? Additionally, ask the school therapist or councilor if they have any recommendations on handling separation anxiety.