Like all parents, the parents of autistic children want the best possible education for them. Many schools specialize in autism education. They strive to bring out the potential and productivity of the children through autism education curriculum specifically designed for autistic children. It is important that educators in autism education focus not only on the child’s psychological well being but on their physical well being also.
Many of the schools have teachers who specialize in fields such as autism education, speech therapy, special education, nursing, physical therapy, and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). The Applied Behavior Analysis part of autism education deals with the research of autism and effective treatment of autistic children. It helps the children learn to motivate and deal with problems through positive reinforcement. Because autistic children can be at many different levels, it is important that the autistic education span the spectrum of autism to help all children.
Like other schools, schools for autistic children have classes in English and the Language Arts, Reading, Math, Science, and History. There are also home-based training modules that parents can use to prepare their children to be successful learners in a classroom setting. Special emphasis is placed on communication, social skills, and life skills. Communication helps students become more independent and connect to others. Classes in language arts and speech help the children improve communication skills. Many autistic children have trouble with communicating and proper social skills, so many schools focus on those aspects as well. Through positive reinforcement, game playing, and problem solving techniques, children learn to appreciate the importance of social skills. Life skills are important as autistic children learn tasks important to daily living such as hygiene and grooming. Physical therapy classes help students develop physical strength as well as help develop their motor skills and coordination.