Wednesday, October 7, 2009

A Condition That Effects 1 in 91 Children

The classroom is very different then just 10 years ago. Children are coming with challenges that teachers were not trained to handle. One of the challenges are how to recognize and handle an autistic child that enters the classroom. Autism is a Nero-disorder that was thought to effect 1 in 150 children. The latest findings puts that number at 1 in 91 children will fall within some spectrum of autism. The autism's spectrum can expand to very mild to extremely severe. Boys are found to be 4 times more likely to have the disorder than girls.

The key to treatment is early intervention. It is important that parents take their child to see a doctor if they think that there is a possibility that the development of the child is delayed or their behavior is unusual. When a child enters school and has not been diagnosed, it is extremely difficult for the classroom teacher to deal with the disorder if she/he is not warned or familiar on the methods on how to handle an autistic child. When a teacher is aware and gets the training on how to handle certain behaviors, it will make all the difference in how the teacher interacts with the child. Most teachers will do whatever is necessary to see that the child has a positive successful classroom experience, but they cannot do that it they are unaware of the disorder.

The most important thing a parent can do is to be honest with themselves and anyone who will have to deal with an autistic child. Make sure you become an expert and advocate for your child, because the educational institutions are just becoming aware of this growing disorder. This disorder is not the end of the world, and parents must be positive and get the right diagnosis. The next step is to receive the proper treatment and strategies that should be used for the child, because every case is so different. These children will grow up and we must service them properly, so they will be productive and happy adults.


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