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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Is mainstream school better than a school for Autism?

    I have a 6 year old son who has started his first year of primary school, his in prep and me and my husband where advised from a speech therapist that it would be wise to send him to northern school for Autism, however now i am starting to think that it wasn't a wise decision, we are noticing his behavior is starting to get worse, his now mimicking the bad behaviors of his peers, he was never a hand flapper or twirler and now his starting to do all of the above because that's what his surrounded by. Also the school is not focusing on Academic and my son is ready to learn, i was told he would learn academic but his not. I'm really upset and want and need advice, should i take my son out and just send him to a mainstream school?? Which is better a special school or a mainstream school for children with Autism?? Any advice would be helpful.
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    MAINSTREAM. AS the child will “mimick” the other children's behaviour also. I.e Follow their leadership, with the appropiate behaviours at the appropiate times, thus reinforcing the behaviours and later be ale to “know what to do” at the righ time - lots of confiendence reassurances is needed and it's not easy. Their placement upon the spectrum will also define the results I.e if placed high upon the spectrum, then their ability to cope with their peers pressures won't work. If low upon the spectrum, then they will be able to participate fully. There will be lots of meltdowns, which the reassurance(s) will be able to keep balance, the meltdown wiill ooccur due to pressures of the peers, I.e accpetance from friends that they are different, when this happen have the chldren focus on what the child can do, not how much of their dfference is impeeding any friendships - this will be the same with the adults - they will consistently annoyed of the different way the child takes on board their learning. Sensories will also play a big part - don't let the sensories-overload be interpretated as an interlectual disability - This is what “experts” mean when they say “it depends on the child”. I have only just managed to get my son back to his own personality, from going from mainstream into a special education. Special education does not always fit our children with ASD, sometimes they do, sometimes they don't. Our children upon the spectrum are very different, each unique, with their own contributions ready for release, when they are ready to release their potential. I.e albert enstein and steve(?) Hawkings. 

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