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What is Autism?

Autism is a behavioral disorder that affects a child's ability to communicate with others. Furthermore, it prevents a child from interacting with his classmates, establishing friendships, and experiencing other parts of social development that are important to a child's early education. It is essential that this disorder be discovered at a young age while the child is still in school because the social aspects of education can play an important role in proper development.

What Are the Common Factors in Autism?

Parents that believe their child has some form of autism should look for certain symptoms, including:

  • Problems communicating with others.
  • Having difficulty adapting to surrounding circumstances.
  • Behavior patterns that seem unusual. These behavioral patterns could include constant and continuous isolation from others.

What Educational Opportunities Are Available?

Parents with autistic children have a variety of educational opportunities. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) recognizes autism as a disability. Therefore, children with autism have access to proper accommodations. The extent of special needs is usually determined by psychologists in a school district in conjunction with parents.

What Steps Can I Undertake to Obtain Adequate Services?

Parents who believe their child is not receiving adequate special educational services should take the following steps:

  • Keep excellent records. Parents that keep excellent records of the services provided to their children usually have stronger evidence, which gives them a potentially stronger case.
  • Contact the District Educational Superintendent's Office. An office of special education is usually the best place to contact officials to ask why services are not being provided.

Should I Contact an Attorney?

An experienced attorney can help to assist parents that believe their child is not receiving adequate educational opportunities. In addition, an experienced attorney can help parents to determine whether legal action is necessary to compel school officials to provide the necessary services under federal law.

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Last Modified: 11-07-2017 12:12 AM PST

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