Essay on Special Education: Addressing Asperger’s Autism

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Special education is evolving, evolving in form and substance. Education of the special needs population in the United States lacks uniformity of purpose and deed. In many school districts within the United States, special education creates a financial burden that subjugates the traditional programs (Higbee, Katz, & Shultz, 2010). The lack of consistency to approach and positive results has created academic chaos for methods and strategies in working with the special needs population. The difficulty in educating special needs children to develop their academic and social skills has created many strategies for supposed benefit, and in fairness, some work for some children. Too many instances exist where not all children benefit (p. 8). …show more content…
As a result, there are special schools designed only for Asperger’s children and the traditional schools are unable to meet the needs of this population on a consistent basis (p. 345). Mainstreaming of these students creates unique circumstances that many times frustrate the teacher and fellow students. Inclusive approaches are expensive and tax limited school resources. Academically and socially, the inclusive approach offers the most help for these students (p. 348). However, the distractions and interventions necessary for success cause complications for their classmates. Self-contained classrooms limit the Asperger’s student’s ability for the necessary social interactions to grow both socially and emotionally; therefore, the problem of which practice or practices promotes overall academic and social growth for Asperger’s children is my primary focus. The necessity of research for this problem is both self evident and academically proven. Research indicates Asperger’s students who mainstreamed achieved lower academic marks than their peers, which experience inclusionary practices (Litvack, Ritchie, & Shore, 2011). Both mainstreaming and inclusion have issues concerning bullying, self-identification, esteem, and emotional growth (p. 478). Inclusion, while adding a special education teacher to the classroom who works directly with the Asperger’s child, also creates tangible distractions for the other students. Distractions that detract

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