What is the NEED?
Each year more children with autism are diagnosed and require an individualized education that supports their unique way of learning and acknowledges their potential.
In 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued their autism prevalence report. The report concluded that the prevalence of autism had risen to 1 in every 59 births in the United States, twice as grate as the 2004 rate of 1 in 125 and almost 1 in 54 boys.
As children are identified, schools continually face the challenges of trying to design programs that meet their needs on typical educational sites. This presents a struggle where class size grows larger, intensive therapeutic interventions are harder to offer on a typical site, the student with autism sensory regulation impairs participation and behaviors escalate.
Schools are required, under the Individual Education Disability Act to try and meet the student’s needs. One on one support may be tried. Pull out services may be offered to address learning challenges. Behavior specialist may be called in and a special plan written and the teacher may try many times to accommodate learning differences.
When these designated supports do not work, the family and the district may then work together to find an alternative school program and make a specialized placement into a certified non-public school like WINGS.