Every child is groomed from childhood to become self-sufficient in his adulthood; indeed, a parent’s duty is to assist their children in every way possible to achieve this goal. The education system helps this process whereby the child becomes equipped with the right skills, according to their aptitude, to become usefully employed adults when they grow up.
Scope of Education for Autistic Children
Sounds simple enough – children go to school, parents groom them and protect them; they grow up, they get a job and they start their own family. This is not always possible for autistic children. The parents of these children, like any normal parents, wish that their children be self-sufficient upon reaching adulthood; however, the autism education available is almost negligible in general terms.
There are a number of special schools that provide autism education, but before you decide which is the right school for you child, you will need to research a number of points:
* The ratio of teacher/staff to child – the ratio of the adult staff to children should not be less than 1:3. Autistic children need a lot of attention that can be given only when there is sufficient staff available. If there are more than three children under the care of one person, then the children will not be able to get the required amount or intensity of interaction. Autism education is very time-consuming and repetitive since the children are mostly non-responsive to outside stimuli. Hence, a lot of one-to-one interaction is required if the child is expected to make any progress. * The training level of the staff – the people who interact with your child, be it the teacher or the staff in the building – everyone needs to be trained well in how to handle autistic behavior. A great deal depends upon the right reaction to the needs of the autistic children. Only well-trained staff can be expected to deal with the behavioral complications that arise from interaction with autistic children. * The staff should be able to talk freely about the child’s needs and progress – whatever autism education program you have booked or prescribed for your child, it will need very close supervision and changes may be incorporated many times before the right technique and therapy is decided upon. Hence, the parents and the staff need to work very closely together towards this goal.
If all the above conditions are fulfilled then the autism education program may benefit your autistic child. Even then, the chances for success are less than 30 percent.