Autism On The Rise in Public and Private Schools

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The number of autistic students entering the private and public school systems has skyrocketed over the last ten years, prompting the CDC to do a full study on how having autistic children in the classroom change the dynamics. Teachers who are not well prepared can feel frustrated or overwhelmed. Administrators can also feel frustration or the sense of being overwhelmed for different reasons as it is estimated that the cost of just one autistic child in the school system can cost $25,000-$100,000 more than a non-autistic child, for a single school year. That can be difficult for schools with tight budgets and the sharp increases in autism. The findings prompted CDC director, Dr. Colleen Boyle, to respond, “It…

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