Success with Learning Disabilities Blog

How to achieve success in school and life for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Monday, April 28, 2014

A diagnosis of autism doesn't have to be a scary thing. With the help of a qualified professional and the right treatment for autism spectrum disorder, all children can enjoy greater happiness and success.

The Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) encompasses a range of neurodevelopmental disorders.  It includes the diagnosis of Asperger syndrome, autism, Rett syndrome and other disorders that can include having difficulty communicating, socializing and can include stereotyped behaviors, repetitive behaviors or cognitive delays.  While every child with ASD is unique, and all interventions for children with Autism are specific for each child, there are some important steps that parents and teachers can take to prepare for a successful school year and overall successful life.  School can be a difficult atmosphere for children with ASD especially when it comes to being comfortable and following a normal routine.  

Do Your Research

After the diagnosis, parents should find out what services the school offers to help their child succeed.  Many schools provide interventions as early as preschool especially interventions that help with language; find out what your school offers. Study the local, state and federal laws that pertain to students with disabilities.  Call the school and request to have the child evaluated and if necessary request an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) (Link to NCLD here).  This will provide the teacher with an understanding of how to help your child learn and grow. 

Address Your Child’s Needs

Quickly address your child’s needs with your child’s teaching team.  They need to be able to understand all of the things that make your child an individual, and all the things that will work or not work in an educational setting.  There may be social issues in addition to educational issues that need to be addressed and will work best in a school setting.  Let the team know what you are doing at home to encourage your child’s education process. 

Stay Positive

There may be times when parents feel as if they are fighting a never-ending battle, this is common occurrence when it comes to special needs education. Ensure that as a parent, you understand and know the rights and needs for your child. It is important for everyone to take a step back and look at the big picture.  This will allow everyone involved to see that the child’s needs are being placed first.  Always stay positive when it comes to these occasional battles with teachers or administrators.      

Consider Private Supplemental Therapy

Your child may possibly need more than the schools and teachers can provide.  Private therapy or private treatments for Autism may be an option worth looking into.  This could possibly enhance your child’s education and can only have positive results.  Look into what your insurance will cover for these types of benefits.   

Early, intensive long-term intervention is an autistic child's best hope to learn new skills, improve behavior, and strengthen areas of weakness.  A wait and see approach with autism is futile.  Concerned about your child?  Take an online self-assessment or schedule an initial consultation today.