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Educating Children with Autism
Track # 254587
Annotations by:  Lynn Brusnahan
 Track Category
Early Childhood
Primary (K-2)
Intermediate (3-4)
Middle (5-9)
High School (9-12)
Special Education
Last Modified:
Aug 3, 2005
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 Track Description
Imagine trying to educate an individual locked in a world of his or her own. Someone who is unable to communicate or socialize with others and learn in a conventional manner. An individual who exhibits frantic behaviors fueled by frustration. This reality confronts many teachers who educate children with autism.

Autism is the third most common developmental disability. Based on 2001 prevalence statistics from the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in 250 children demonstrate a unique developmental pattern that falls within a spectrum collectively known by the synonymous terms of pervasive development disorder, autism spectrum disorder or autism. According to Department of Education official state statistics there has been an 870% increase in the incidence of autism in children ages 6 to 21 from 1992-93 to 2002-03. During the 1990s the U.S. Department of Education stated that these alarming numbers grew as the U.S. population increased only 13 % and the rise of other disabilities rose only 16 %.

The reason for this phenomenon is still unknown, however, this alarming increase in incidence places more children with autism in our schools. This is the reason I have put together this track to help educators find information on educating children with autism. On-line modules on autism are included in this track.
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