Choosing the neighborhood school or an autism school? This is a choice that many parents of children on the autism spectrum are faced with at least once in their child’s school career. The choice may need to be made more than once as your child’s needs change and as the school’s ability to meet those needs change.
Lisa Shulman, M.D., Associate Professor, Pediatrics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University addresses this question in a video segment that appeared on the ABC News website in October 2008. Here is an excerpt from the transcript:
Lets think through first the pros of the neighborhood school. There are clear advantages to being close to home: you don’t have to deal with the lengthy bus ride, the child often is on the same schedule as other children in the family, there’s an opportunity to interface with typically developing peers during the course of the day and the children that the child’s in class with are often other neighborhood children giving way to an opportunity to have playdates and other social opportunities outside the school day.
Read the entire transcript and watch the video here: What Are The Benefits Of Enrolling My Child In A Neighborhood School Versus A School Only For Students With Autism?
I’d love to hear from you, the readers of The Autism Education Site, does your child on the spectrum go to a neighborhood school or a specialized school? Are the pros and cons listed in the story what you’ve discovered?
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