School Debate: Does 'Inclusion' for Asperger's Kids Hurt Other Students?
An article in the Pensacola News Journal highlights a national debate facing schools: how much can children with Asperger syndrome (an autism spectrum disorder, or ASD) be fully integrated into regular classrooms without making learning difficult for students without the disability?
Children with Asperger's, as opposed to some other forms of ASD, are often quite intelligent and able to handle the schoolwork without incident. But they do have behavioral problems, ranging from repetitive behaviors to problems socializing to sensitivity to things like noises or lights. These issues can take up a lot of a teacher's time, which heightens the debate.
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