The trend in the United States for decades now has been to “mainstream” children with autism and other learning disabilities in regular classes. But there are alternatives that some parents prefer, including putting their children into special education schools.
One of the biggest issues that special education teachers deal with these days is autism. Whether it is an actual increase in the disorder or just better diagnosis, the number of autism cases has increased dramatically since the 1980s, and it is now estimated that one in every 50 children has some form of autism. Kids with mild forms of autism may simply appear socially awkward and have no real cognitive deficits while those with more serious forms can be non-verbal an