The task of educating any child may seem daunting. After all, this is something that will affect the rest of their lives. Imagine all the choices facing a parent raising a child with autism. There are many factors to be considered, but in the end it will really depend on each child since autism is very individualized.
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When it comes to the type of educational institution, whether it’s public schools or private special needs schools, the earlier your child is diagnosed, the easier it will be to find the right learning program to suit their specific needs.
Brendan Blair was diagnosed with autism when he was three years old. His mother Drina tried several different options before settling at The Shoore Centre. “Because [Brendan is] in very small group settings or just one on one, they’re able to gauge how he’s feeling and without even saying anything, just adapt things,” says his mother. Being in an environment that can adapt to the moods and varying needs of children with autism is an important aspect of their education.
Creating a well-balanced support team is also very important. Not only is Brendan surrounded by trained professionals, like his teacher and case worker, he also visits a speech therapist once a week to help him develop his voice as he improves his communications skills.
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What support team have you set up for your child? Do you believe children with autism can receive the right support in the public school system, or have you turned to private school? Share your thoughts and stories with us in the Comments section below.