Schools now have three times as many kids with autism diagnoses, all of whom require special services. Administrators who don't adequately address these needs will quickly find themselves engaged in legal battles with parents who are increasingly willing to fight for what they believe their children are entitled to. But more important, schools without good autism programs risk leaving a growing segment of their student population behind.
Follow these tips to ensure that your students on the spectrum have the opportunity to reach their potential.
1 | Treat Parents as Allies, Not Adversaries
"When I talk to parents, one of their issues is that principals and administrators and teachers need to recognize that the parent is the person who knows the most about that individual child," says Ellen Notbohm, author of Ten Things Your Student With Autism Wishes You Knew.