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Re: autism


Date: Sun Sep 23 2001 - 16:20:15 PDT

You might also check with the guidance counselor assigned to your school or
district. They might have some general information about autism itself, or
might be able to lay their hands on some for you to read....There are
probably sites on the internet that also deal with autism...I have a friend
whose son has MD and the school he was in last year..neither the teacher nor
the guidance counselor knew anything about the child was at a real
disadvantage...This year he is in a new school...he had to be in a school
that he could either use an elevator or be on the first floor since walking
tires him out tremendously...both the teacher and the counselor are familiar
with MD and its limitations....and this has been helpful to the family and to
the teacher in dealing with this child. I am surprised with the idea of
mainstreaming children with disabilities that the school systems do not
prepare the teachers any better, or at all.

My own daughter had two autistic children in her class last year...One had to
be removed because he could not function even in the most simple of
circumstances...but the other progressed to the second grade...and she found
that order and keeping to a regularl schedule helped him function best. She
saw that he sat next to her in their reading circle....and worked closely
with him...He functioned at a very high rate...and did well for