ASD and Middle School Challenges: A Case Example Children on the autism spectrum experience increased challenges, both academically and socially, when they move from elementary school to middle school and beyond. In fact, it is not unusual for a child to make great gains during elementary school to the point where special education services are reduced and the ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 2011
ASD and Middle School Challenges: A Case Example
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  • Sylvia F. Diehl
    Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
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Article   |   October 01, 2011
ASD and Middle School Challenges: A Case Example
SIG 16 Perspectives on School-Based Issues, October 2011, Vol. 12, 77-83. doi:10.1044/sbi12.3.77
SIG 16 Perspectives on School-Based Issues, October 2011, Vol. 12, 77-83. doi:10.1044/sbi12.3.77

Children on the autism spectrum experience increased challenges, both academically and socially, when they move from elementary school to middle school and beyond. In fact, it is not unusual for a child to make great gains during elementary school to the point where special education services are reduced and the child begins to flourish. However, middle school can change this and bring a child with autism to the forefront of teacher concerns once again. This article presents the story of a sixth grade student with autism and the collaborative approach his education team used to address the challenges he faced upon entering middle school.

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