Adapting For Success, Autism In Mainstream Schools

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Playing in the schoolyard, can be hard when dealing with autism in mainstream schools

Ah, school. A place full of noise, movement, and social interaction. For those of us with autism, it can be a challenge. Many wonder if we fit in there. So, can we? Yes, it’s possible. But it requires understanding, adjustments, and support. Join me and unravel the complexities of “Autism In Mainstream Schools,” shedding light on the unique insights, strategies, and stories that pave the way for inclusivity and understanding in educational settings. Whether you’re a parent, educator, or someone seeking valuable perspectives, our blog aims to foster a community where knowledge and compassion intersect, creating a world where every mind can thrive.

When it comes to including children with autism in regular schools, it’s important to understand their unique needs and challenges. For some, the typical school environment can be overwhelming, while others can thrive with the right support and adjustments. My son attends a class that is very unusual; his class consists solely of autistic children, and the municipality’s idea is to create an environment specifically tailored for children with autism. The municipality has failed to include children with autism in many places, so here they have thought outside the box and at least found a successful path for a few children. I’m fairly convinced that we would have had a child who refuses to go to school if the opportunity for an adapted education hadn’t existed. Having a child crying for hours every day due to anxiety about going to school is something I wouldn’t wish on anyone, but unfortunately, it’s more common than you might think, especially if you have a child with some form of neuropsychological diagnosis.

The right teaching method can be the key for a good enviroment.

One thing to remember is that every child with autism is unique. There’s no universal solution, but there are strategies and resources that can make a big difference. From adapted teaching methods to supportive staff, there are many ways to create a positive and inclusive environment for children with autism in school. Some things work better, and some don’t work at all. What many miss is that it’s often simple things that are needed to organize a safe and orderly school experience for all students. This is missed because of difficulties in communicating with the children and parents, and I feel that many in the school environment have some sort of blinders on. They think that just because it worked once, it will work with the next child and the next and the next…

I had a lot of anxiety when I went to school, but school was different in the eighties compared to today. It was more strict, scheduled, and structured. Children simply couldn’t be children in the same way then as they can now. One can discuss whether it was good or bad, but for me with autism, I had my best school years when we had a really strict teacher who allowed no deviations in his class. The kind of teacher who today would lose their qualifications because it’s a school and not a prison 🙂 Schools have become freer, but it’s not only good, especially if you have a need for clear structure and routine in your life.

If you have experience with having a child with autism in school, please share your insights and stories in the comments below. Let’s together build a world where all children can thrive and learn.


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