What type of school is better for an autistic child?

Education is a key part of any child’s life but for some reason children with autism are not getting the education or support they need.  In some instances, this is due to a lack of specialist schools available to parent and in other instances it is because parents don’t understand that mainstream pre-schools are not always equipped to deal with the needs of their autistic child. 

Different children have different learning styles.  Children can learn through seeing, hearing and through touching or manipulating and objects. 

Most normal developing children use two to three learning styles in a classroom environment and all mainstream curriculums are specifically written taken these learning styles into considerations,

When it comes to the learning needs of the autistic child, things change substantially.  The autism classroom is not a “one learning style fit all environment”.    Each autist learns differently, they process information differently and, in many instances, the autistic individual is likely to rely on only one style of learning – which can change due to environmental input or sensory challenges.

The ideal preschool for a child with autism is therefore a school that has a dedicated, trained, knowledgeable team of teachers and therapists all working together to help your child develop their skills.  A team that can identify your child’s individual needs and learning styles as well as support his or her physical development challenges daily.

Autism specific pre-schools are dedicated to assisting a young child’s developing needs.  Specialist schools offer specialist curriculums and therapies that address the core deficits caused by autism.

By choosing your child’s school wisely you will ensure that your autistic child has the greatest chance for successful learning, growth, and skills development.

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Ilse Kilian-Ross

Ilse Kilian-Ross is the owner of Amazing K, a registered ECD and Partial Care Facility in Johannesburg. Amazing K is a private adhd school, autism school and therapy centre for children from age 2 - 6 years where learners receive the best of both the schooling and therapy world. The autism school offers Individualized Education Programs, Speech- and Augmentive Alternative Communication (AAC) therapy as well as a full and adapted Academic Curriculum.