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Parents that are preparing to send their child back to school should also be aware of many of the resources the public school has to offer.

Many of the resources outlined here are available through the Individualized Education Program (IEP) team. The IEP is the linchpin of a quality education for each child with Autism Spectrum Disorder or any form of disability.

If a child does not have an IEP, or a diagnosis, a family can request an assessment through their school system. The request should be made, in writing (to establish a timeline), to the principal of the school. The principal will ensure that the proper group receives the request (e.g., the special education team) and responds within the required timeframe. However, if a family already has an IEP in place, they should be aware of the following resources.

  • An extended school year
  • An after school program
  • Home-based programming (some schools will support this service)
  • Small class size
  • In-classroom paraprofessional support (e.g., a 1:1 aide)
  • Speech and Language Pathology Services (direct or consultative)
  • Occupational Therapy Services (direct or consultative)
  • Physical Therapy Services (direct or consultative)
  • Behavior Analysis Services from a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)
  • Counseling or Psychological Services
  • An Assistive Technology assessment (for a child that may benefit from assistive technology)
  • Vocational assessment
  • A Reading Specialist
  • Community based social skills groups
  • Summer camps

“Human resources are like natural resources; they’re often buried deep. You have to go looking for them; they’re not just lying around on the surface”.

— Ken Robinson

Published on: August 29, 2014
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Dr. Michael J. Cameron is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (Charter Certificant 1-00-0010) and is The Chief Clinical Officer for Pacific Child and Family Associates (PCFA). He is experienced in the area of behavioral medicine, behavioral health assessment, and intervention for diverse populations.
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