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A couple of years ago, I found my autistic child locked in a small cold cement cell at his school. The cell had no windows, no furniture, and was slate gray with low lighting. The cell was also sound proofed so parents and teachers outside wouldn’t hear him crying. I am writing this blog as a campaign to change the way these children are perceived and treated in our society.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

#14 101 Ways a Teacher Could Help a Child with Autism

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. 

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