Autism 101: Online Course 19
Special Education for School-aged Children
The determination of an appropriate educational approach for students on the autism spectrum must be based on the needs of each individual child. Careful assessment by a team of professionals in consultation with parents or guardians will help determine an appropriate educational program for each student.
Regardless of the child’s level of disability, studies show that children with ASD respond well to a highly structured educational setting with appropriate support and accommodations tailored to individual needs. The educational program should be based on the child’s specific strengths/needs and build on their interests (this is why it is called an individualized education plan); it is also often helpful if visuals are used to accompany instruction. When necessary, it should incorporate other related services to help students with challenges in communication, motor skill development and sensory integration issues.