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Effective Programs for Dealing with Autism in Schools Today

teachersupportIt’s estimated that one out of every 100 children in the United States has some form of autism, and that number is escalating at a frightening pace. The federal government says autism is increasing at a rate of 10 percent to 17 percent each year and could affect some 4 million Americans in the next decade, placing an enormous strain on school systems charged with educating students diagnosed with the disorder.

Given the growing nature of this national challenge, experts warn that school leaders should begin thinking about how they can ramp up the capacity to deal with autistic children in their schools. With the generous support of Virtual Expert Clinics Inc. and Maximum Potential Group, we’ve assembled this collection of stories from the eSchool News archives, as well as resources from around the web, to help you do just that.

–The Editors

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eSchool News Articles

Seven keys to an effective autism education program

With 35,000 new cases of autism diagnosed each year, educators are trying to prepare for an influx of autistic students

With incidences of reported autism increasing exponentially, educators are struggling to accommodate the needs of this growing population of students. But some key steps, including individualized assessments and…

Maryland mom kills son, self over school costs

Jensvold had become increasingly strained by anguished fights with the county public school system over the special-needs education of her son.

Ben Barnhard had reason to be optimistic this summer: The 13-year-old shed more than 100 pounds at a rigorous weight-loss academy, a proud achievement for a boy who…

Panel: How to improve special ed

About 6.6 million students with disabilities are learning alongside their peers at a neighborhood school, up from 1.7 million in 1975.

As the push for reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) increases, leaders in the field of special education recently debated whether the Individuals with Disabilities…

Researchers aim for earlier autism diagnoses

Fast ForWord helps children with ASD improve their retention and memory skills.

With autism diagnoses on the rise, autism awareness organizations are banding together to increase early detection and education practices for students with the disorder. …

Journal retracts 1998 paper linking autism to MMR vaccine

A prominent British medical journal on Feb. 2 retracted a 1998 research paper that set off a sharp decline in vaccinations after the paper’s lead author suggested that…

FETC 2010: Training & Consulting

Exhibit Hall Crowd

AutismPro said Vermont’s Rutland City Public Schools has incorporated its software to support its autism and special-needs intervention program. AutismPro provides access to online professional development, thousands of…

Autism ‘clusters’ linked to parents’ education

National Public radio reports that clusters of children diagnosed with autism tend to occur in places where parents are older, more educated, and white, according to a study…

Software helps students with autism

Using software that includes both on- and off-computer activities led to significant gains in the communication and social skills of students with autism, a Los Angeles Unified School…

eSN Special Report: Teaching students with autism

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As autism diagnoses continue to rise, an alarming new statistic indicates that autism is now diagnosed in one out of every 91 children, instead of one out of…

Technology plays a key role in autism support

Faced with limited budgets and special-education staff that are stretched thin, many districts are turning to technology products that can help teach educators about the needs of children…

One parent’s view: Caring for a child with autism ‘becomes a way of life’

Dan and Carey Tedesco’s son Evan, who is four and a half, was diagnosed on the autism spectrum at just 19 months of age. And even though Evan’s…

Autism education resources

Autism resources for parents, families, and professionals. Including general resources and education materials.…

Experts: Prepare now for autism’s rising flood

As the number of school-age children diagnosed with autism continues to rise at an alarming rate, parents and special-education teachers are trying desperately to make school leaders aware…

A 21st-century approach to teaching autistic students

In the United States, a child is diagnosed with autism every 21 minutes--a rate that is growing faster than that of any other developmental disorder, according to Virtual…

Alternative keyboard helps autistic kids communicate

Autism can build a wall of poor communication between those struggling with the condition and their families. While a personal computer can help bridge the divide, the distraction…

Schools, families clash over autism service dogs

Two autistic elementary school students recently won court orders in Illinois allowing their dogs to accompany them to school. Their lawsuits follow others in California and Pennsylvania over…

Friendship ‘boot camp’ helps autistic teens cope

A new 14-week "boot camp" is helping autistic teens recognize the social cues most of us take for granted every day, enabling them to make new friends and…

DVD teaches autistic kids what a smile means

It wasn't until Jude met Jenny that the 3-year-old autistic boy understood what happy people look like. Jenny, a green trolley car with a human face, had a…

Brain waves are window into autism language woes

Unique brain wave patterns, spotted for the first time in autistic children, could help explain why they have so much trouble communicating, a new study suggests. Key words: autism…

Study shows families’ financial strain from autism

More than half a million U.S. children have autism, with costly health care needs that often put an unprecedented financial strain on their families, national data show. Key words:…

Free web browser meant for autistic children

A Las Vegas software developer has created a free web browser designed specifically for use by autistic children.…