As the parent of a child with autism, you’re well aware of how crucial it is that your child goes to the “right” school. The right school is a place where your child feels accepted and supported, a school that provides your child the special services he or she requires to succeed. No school is perfect, but maybe you’ve grown concerned about your child’s current school.

How to find out if your child thriving or just surviving

Questions to ask yourself:

– Is your child weary and unhappy at the end of most school days?

– Is your child stuck in a cycle of underachievement or failure?

– Is your child reluctant to go to school?

– Is my child getting in trouble for the same thing over and over again?

– Is your child stressed out during the school year?

If your answer is YES to one or more of these questions, the school may be a poor fit for your child.

Questions to ask your child’s current teacher:

– Is my child engaged and participating in class (not just “being good”)?

– Is my child completing work on grade level or at least making progress?

– Is my child working independently?

– Does my child play with others during recess?

– Does my child have friends at school?

– Do ALL of the staff members that work with my son/daughter have experience and training with autism?

If your child’s teacher answered NO to any of these questions, it is time to call an IEP meeting to address these issues or consider alternative school options.

For more information on choosing a school, please visit: http://www.ncld.org/students-disabilities/finding-school/choosing-school-overview-what-parents-need-consider