School Shadowing and Inclusion Support
The education and treatment of children with autism has undergone extreme changes over the last several decades. More and more children with autism are being educated alongside their typically developing peers in main stream classrooms. An inclusive educational setting can provide abundant opportunities for language communication and social interaction for children with autism, as well as helping typical children learn to be compassionate and understanding. However, simply placing a child with autism in an inclusive setting without the proper support does not lead to success. Adequate support in a regular classroom is the key to optimizing learning for a child with autism.
Our behavior therapists can go to your child’s school to assist him or her in being successful in a typical classroom. The therapist (shadow) will work with the teacher to gradually fade the one-to-one assistance so your child can be independent in the classroom. This service encourages and reinforces independence and social interaction with typical peers. The therapist can also conduct peer training so that typical peers can understand, accept and celebrate the difference in learning.