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GAO Publishes Special Education: Children with Autism
In January 2005, the Government Accountability Office published Special Education: Children with Autism. This publication answers four questions submitted by Congress about special education for children with autism.
1. What is the trend in numbers of children with autism receiving services under IDEA?
2. What services are provided in educating these children?
3. What are the estimated per pupil expenditures for educating children with autism in public schools?
4. What approaches are used in educating children with autism?
The GAO cited Educating Children with Autism, the report from the National Research Council (NRC), that there is a general consensus in treatment programs about what services are essential to a successful intervention for children with autism:
* Early intervention as soon as an autism spectrum disorder is seriously considered.
* Intensive instructional programming a minimum of a full school day, at least 5 days (25 hours)/week, full year.
* Repeated teaching organized around short intervals with one-to-one and very small group instructions.
* Inclusion of a family component.
* Mechanisms for ongoing evaluation of program and childrens progress, with adjustments made accordingly.
Special Education: Children with Autism includes recommendations about special education programs for children with autism. IEP should include educational objectives that are:
observable and measurable
The child's progress should be monitored frequently and objectives adjusted accordingly.
Special Education: Children with Autism (GAO-05-220) from
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