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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Autistic boy put in classroom cage

As more Autistic children start school in main-steam Government schools, there is a desperate need for teachers to know how to handle a child who is having a meltdown.

When the principal of a Canberra primary school took it upon herself, without consultation with the Education Department, to build a 'time-out' cage for a 10 year old Autistic boy, she was sacked and told she would never work in a Government school again.

Two teachers with expertise in disability education have been assigned to the school.

Yes, the cage was a terrible idea, but we haven't heard the other side of the story.  Every child with Autism is unique and their behaviour is sometimes unpredictable but if a child starts to scream and throw things around, what is the teacher supposed to do?

I see two glaring problems here.

For the parents of Autistic children -  are they really getting he help the Department says they are, or are they being forgotten and ignored in class;  and

For the parents of children without a disability, are they being compromised by unruly Autistic children shutting down the class?

This problem isn't going away.