Autism: GENERAL ED CLASS OR ALTERNATIVE PLACEMENT?

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Stuart:  If a parent insists on placing an autistic child in a general education high school class, and the student has had 3 IEP evaluations in one year that show the student cannot function well in a general education class, what are the alternatives for placement? The student has difficulty comprehending the textual and modified reading and is easily frustrated.

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Jill G

Stuart –

When considering alternatives to the general education environment, the student’s IEP Team always should first consider if there are any additional services or supports that would help that student remain in that environment successfully.

If that is not possible, there are many other potential placement types for students including some/all of the day in a resource room environment, some/all of the day in a substantially separate classroom, public/private day schools, public/private residential schools, home instruction, and instruction in institutions.

These are general types of placements that schools are supposed to make available, listed from what is, more or less, considered the least restrictive to most restrictive.