Monday, January 7, 2013

How My Autistic Son Got Lost in the Public School System

the Atlantic features an article by Amy Macklin about a child on the spectrum in public school.

Here is an excerpt:

The autism spectrum is wide and varied, and every autistic person is unique. People like Henry need someone looking out for them, particularly in overwhelming environments like school. The problem is that public schools are mostly worried about academics and test scores. They have to be—their success in those areas dictates the percentage of state and federal funding they get. Few schools have designated psychologists (most often, multiple schools share the same one). Teachers aren't psychologists, and asking them to be is not fair. 

Homeschooling IS the LRE for many children on the autism spectrum. It is for mine.

In many areas of the United States, the homeschool community is active and vibrant and provides social, academic, and extra-curricular classes in small-group settings that are a good fit.

The full article is HERE.

1 comment:

Jim Reeve said...

I grew up in the public school system and often those with learning disabilities were segregated. So when it came time for our son to go to school, we enrolled him in the catholic system.

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