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ERIC Number: EJ888593
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0013-127X
Reaching and Teaching Autistic Kids
Boutelle, Marsha
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v74 n2 p39-42 Oct 2008
Autism is called a "spectrum" of disorders because a variety of symptoms and degrees of disability are involved, with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) defined by the severity of impairment. Since the 1940s, the incidence of autism has exploded exponentially. Researchers are scrambling to find effective strategies for helping autistic students and possible causes for the skyrocketing numbers of afflicted children. According to the most recent statistics from the National Centers for Disease Control, nearly 1 in 150 children born today has some form of autism. A number of school districts and county offices of education offer services for autistic students. Two well-known programs are located in Southern California: Capistrano Unified School District (CUSD) and the Riverside County Office of Education (COE). The author discusses how the need for autism programs is rapidly increasing at the same time that budgets are shrinking. She suggests that school districts, educators, parents and society must wrestle with questions like "What are ASD children entitled to? Who should pay?", at the same time that science seeks prevention or a cure.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California