Met Schools Redefining Special Education Amongst Children with Autism

December 14, 2010

Aaron Academy in New York City has a deeper understanding of Autism and the new array of classifications which has led to the creation of their dual core curriculum and a focus on Aspergers Syndrome.

New York, NY (PRWEB) December 13, 2010

Aaron Academy has created a new dual core curriculum with a focus on Aspergers Syndrome. Aaron Academy is a private, special education school dedicated to insuring that all students will become responsible, successful citizens of the 21st Century as evidenced by their ability to construct their own knowledge, develop judgment, think critically and demonstrate civic responsibility. Their commitment is to provide meaningful learning opportunities so students can maximize their potential and act wisely as they move through adolescence into adulthood(6).

According to the Autism Society of America (ASA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 1 in every 110 American children is now diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) and almost 1 in every 94 boys, according to 2007 data, that’s 13 million families and growing who live with autism today. ASA launches a Spread the word social media campaign, Helping the autism community can be as easy as updating your Facebook or Twitter status! The Autism Society is asking supporters to change their status on Facebook and/or Twitter to “Autism affects 1 in 110 (1).

ASDs (also referred to as PDDs) are brain-based developmental disabilities that may affect a child’s ability to communicate, understand language, play and relate to others (2). The ASD’s include autism, pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS) and Asperger’s syndrome. Each of these disorders has specific diagnostic criteria as outlined by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) in its Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR). Asperger’s Syndrome is an autism spectrum disorder that is considered a high functioning form of autism. It differs from other autism spectrum disorders by its comparable preservation of linguistic and cognitive development as well as physical clumsiness and atypical use of language. While there’s no known cure for Asperger’s syndrome, if your child was diagnosed, some special education programs can help him or her learn how to interact more successfully in social situations. The word “spectrum” expresses the variability within and across these areas of challenge, for there are many possible combinations and levels of ability and disability.

Experts feel the most effective approach to improving the lives of people diagnosed with autism is behavior analysis. The discovery of this approach has increased demand for specialists within the area of expertise in behavioral analysis throughout the nation. Society, education and even culture can propose a hurdle when it comes to a newly diagnosed child. The fact is the advancement of what we now know about autism is not as primitive as it once used to be and many new options are now available to these individuals.

According to a poll administered by IAN (Interactive Autism Network) Data out of 2,733 responses, all in one way shape or form has an autism spectrum disorder, 17% has Asperger’s syndrome. The weighted current ASD point-prevalence was 110 per 10,000 (3). We estimate that 673,000 US children have ASD. Odds of having ASD were 4 times as large for boys than girls. Non-Hispanic (NH) black and multiracial children had lower odds of ASD than NH white children. Nearly 40% of those ever diagnosed with ASD did not currently have the condition; NH black children were more likely than NH white children to not have current ASD. Children in both ASD groups were less likely than children without ASD to receive care within a medical home (4).

As parents of a child diagnosed with Autism, practicing physician, Dr. Stefano Amodio and his wife Teresa, a special education teacher, have firsthand experience with parents’ growing concern about Autism. Dr. Amodio has a busy Pediatric Care practice in Flushing, Queens, N.Y. and we asked him what he might recommend to parents of children diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). “The best thing a parent can do in the early stages of diagnosis is to identify support groups and parents with similar experiences and develop relationships that can help them quickly learn how to navigate the long road ahead. Dealing with the Department of Education can be extremely challenging. When it comes to getting the proper treatment for their child, parents should seek out the advice of an advocate who is familiar with the rights and entitlements of children diagnosed with Autism. The Department of Education does not feel it is responsible for medical treatment. They do not recommend therapy or treatments; rather they are only mandated to provide instruction for a child with a learning disability. It is also critical for parents to be outspoken with the Dept. of Ed about their children’s needs. Parents need to work closely with school personnel to create an IEP that suits their child’s needs. It establishes a plan for the individual student which includes but is not limited to annual goals and objectives, school placement, related services, and any additional accommodations a student requires for his/her education. The IEP is a legal document and the Department of Education is mandated to carry out its provisions. Often time’s parents of children with disabilities will require the assistance of an educational advocate or lawyer, the parent that advocates the most for their child, gains the most benefits for their child. The Advocates for Children website provides parents with free educational and legal advice for their special needs child. As a Pediatrician I have referred children less than three years of age presenting with developmental delays to a developmental pediatrician. This professional can best provide a proper diagnosis, which in some cases the Early Intervention Programs may disagree with. In the past we have at our own expense, trained professionals to teach our child. Unfortunately, with the demand exploding for specialists in this area, many people with little experience and training end up working with our special needs children. I suggest for parents to seek out professionals and as with anything, validate credentials”, says Dr. Amodio (5).

Some of the Met Schools like Claremont Children’s School, Aaron Academy and Aaron School in New York City are working with these children under a highly monitored dual core curriculum (6) to ensure that their transition and succession into their community occurs with no or limited and controlled regression. Aaron Academy is a private, special education school in New York City whose core concepts and rigorous academic curriculum are the hallmarks of their program. Their 21st Century learning approach supports the integration of social, physical, artistic and academic instruction for all their students .

(1) Autism Society of America http://www.autism-society.org

(2) Some definitions provided by http://www.wikipedia.org/

(3) http://www.cognitivesciencepartners.com

(4) http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/content/full/124/5/1395

(5) Amodio, Dr. Stefano . Personal Interview by Marcus W. Persaud. 08 Dec 2010

(6) Aaron Academy http://www.Aaronacad.org, http://www.AaronSchool.org , http://www.claremontschool.org

Press Release Contact:

Marcus W. Persaud

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