Autism and Education: Integrated or Specialized?

Should children with autism be integrated into regular classes or should they be in specialized classes? The answer is a definite yes and no. Part of it depends on the severity of the autism. Students with mild autism may be able to stay in integrated classes throughout their education. It also depends on the age. When Logan and Abby were younger, they were in integrated classes. It worked out very well. They learned a lot from their typical class-mates and made good friends with them. But at the stage they are at now, it just wouldn’t work. I just can’t imagine them in an integrated class. Abby would beat up her teacher and Logan would run away. So it all depends where they are at. This is an interesting article that reflects on some of these issues.

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