Why won’t schools give autistic learners what they need — or let them keep the supports that help?
Sometimes, the stunning lack of understanding from our school boards leaves me speechless.
Especially when this happens:
• They create a fantastic IEP meant to provide just the right supports for a student who’s struggling.
• They actually provide all the supports — consistently and with the right approach.
• The student getting those supports does a complete 180° — gone is the anxious student who is struggling academically, replaced by a student who can and does do the work… perhaps they make the honor roll, even!
Sounds great, huh? At the risk of bursting your bubble, what often happens next is what is so frustrating:
• In response to this kind of student success, some schools, in their infinite wisdom, go, “Awesome! Our work here is done,” and they cut the supports that allowed the student to succeed...
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