And Boarding School
A Viable Combination
Aspergers and boarding school options may not seem compatible
to some families. However, many AS children flourish in this kind of learning environment.
Children with a condition in the autism spectrum of disorders have many special needs and required resources. While the prospect of sending a child with a pervasive developmental disorder to a boarding school seems bleak, there are times when Aspergers and boarding school make for a viable combination.
There are plenty of considerations to make before coming to a decision about sending a child with Aspergers to a boarding school. Of course, not just any institution will do. Parents should investigate programs and teachers that cater to children with special needs.
What are the benefits of boarding school for an AS young person?
There are many boarding schools that offer programs catered to students who have special needs. These institutions are dedicated
to providing a well-rounded education. They are also dedicated to preparing the child for real life experiences after school.
- Some programs introduce the Asperger-diagnosed youth to different career options and post secondary-education options. These programs look at the individual child rather than as a stereotype, which is is very valuable for an AS student.
- Special need boarding institutions offer very structured atmosphere and daily routines. Children in the autism spectrum of disorders flourish in these types of organized, predictable environments. Programs are well organized and children work under a reliable schedule.
- Small class size is another benefit to these institutions. Children are not overwhelmed by the average, large class sizes. Each student receives individual attention, and the teachers are better able to work one-on-one with each child.
Many schools of this type offer specialized programs designed specifically for each child’s specific needs. Teachers are trained in teaching strategies that are ideal for children with special needs. For example, teachers use many visual aids, and they limit transitions in the learning environment. The children not only know what to expect and but also what is expected of them.
Specialized instruction is developed in the boarding school environment. Teachers work with the parents and administrators to help develop an Individual Education Plan (IEP) that maps out specific interventions and teaching strategies according to each child’s needs and strengths.
Teachers also seek to provide practical learning activities along with academic work. For example, a student can learn time management and social skills while completing an assignment in history class. Aspergers and boarding school environments can work very well together.
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