Autism - Autistic Education

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Autistic Education
Imagine you’re sitting in a classroom full of kids your age and you’re taking a test. The room is completely silent, when all of a sudden you hear a loud scream coming from the back of the room. The seemingly uncontrollable and loud scream is coming from an autistic child in your class. This situation happens every day, in every grade, but there are only so many things that can be done to avoid it.

Autism is a disorder that is diagnosed when a child is at a young age. These children will show a lack of social interaction and communication even before the age of three. Supposedly, autistic children are very restricted in their range of interests and they perform repetitive behavior all the time. Also, it is said that autistic children have social impairments, meaning that they have a harder time being social on a regular basis. One can imagine that because of such impairment, it becomes difficult for an autistic child to have a lot of good friendships. These autistic children therefore probably have a difficult time sitting in class with regular-ed students. Autistic students may be very disruptive in class towards the regular-ed students because they most likely become uncomfortable around a large group of people.

Disruption in class caused by autistic children may become a problem for the regular-ed students and their education. But, this disruption could possibly be avoided if autistic children were placed in regular-ed classes from the start of their educational career. This controversy leads to question that in school, should autistic students be separated from regular-ed students? Although autistic children may portray good behavior at times, there will be times when behaviors will be a distraction to others. Therefore, children affected by autism should be separated from regular-ed students in classes at school. An autistic child will show many symptoms on a regular-day basis. Also, the opportunity for an autistic child to get a beneficial education in a regular-education classroom is limited. Finally, the autistic child’s social communication difficulties will make it almost impossible for them to succeed in a regular-ed setting classroom. Students with autism, in order to succeed to their full potential, should be in separate classrooms.

On every typical day of an autistic child’s life, they show numerous symptoms that aren’t typical in a non-autistic child. Children that are affected with autism have difficulties with being social, their use of language, and their ability to learn (Lerner). Being in a regular-ed classroom with not benefit the child in any way in regard to these symptoms. Repetition is a very common symptom portrayed in an autistic child and they tend to mock words and/or behaviors of those that are around them (Lerner). These repetitive behaviors may include screaming, rocking, and playing with their hands/arms (Lerner). Repeating behaviors of those in a regular-ed classroom will not be beneficial to an autistic child. This is so because an autistic child must be taught how to behave normally, and if they are repeating behaviors of a bad behavioral child, they will adapt to those behaviors (“Autism”). Autism causes the person to become very aggressive towards others, especially strangers (“Autism”). If placed in a classroom with 25-30 other students that are stranger to the autistic one, they will become very uncomfortable and not be able to learn as well. Typical behaviors or symptoms of an autistic child will affect their ability to learn in a regular-ed classroom.

If placed in a regular-ed classroom, an autistic child’s opportunity to receive a beneficial education is limited. It has been suggested by autism experts that autistic children should receive an education that benefits them specifically (Lerner). A regular-ed student’s education will not benefit an autistic child the way that it benefits them. More specifically, having an exact schedule everyday is...
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