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School Supports for Autism

In the article below, I will discuss school supports for children with Autism, including why this support may be needed and how to access the service. 

It is important to remember that all individuals diagnosed with autism are just that – individuals. This means that each child’s needs will be different. They will have different strengths and weaknesses, meaning that one size fits all service recommendations will not apply. That being said, refer to your evaluating provider for which services are best for your child. 

If you have general questions or concerns about autism, see Autism in Children: What you need to know. If you are interested in learning about other treatments for Autism, see Supports and Services for Children with Autism. Wondering what autism looks like as your child ages, see How Symptoms of Autism Can Change with Age. Thinking about how this diagnosis may effect your other children, see Siblings of Children with Autism: What to consider

Services & Supports

Remember, all children with autism are unique and have individual strengths and weaknesses. Below are general examples of services recommended for children with autism, but be sure to refer to your evaluating provider for specific recommendations for your child.

Common Supports in the School Setting
  • Speech therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy 
  • Small group teaching
  • Social skills
  • Behavioral supports
How to initiate an IEP evaluation

Contact your school principal or special education director to request an evaluation to determine special education eligibility. 

School Supports

School supports begin with an evaluation for an Individualized Education Program (IEP). An IEP is a plan that determines the supports that the child needs to be successful in the school setting. An IEP includes measurable goals that can be either functional or academic based. 

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Hopefully this helps answer some of your questions about school supports for children with Autism. If you have other questions, feel free to call me at (801)-613-9184 for a free 15-minute phone consultation. I’d be happy to answer additional questions or direct you to the right person. If you are looking for parent training or challenging behavior support for your children, you can read more about how I can help HERE.

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