The frustration Chloe felt is something that many people on the autism spectrum know all too well. The discipline used by the teachers did not help the situation and instead nursed anger within the young girl. She lashed out at teachers and other students. The problem was not Chloe but the way the teachers were presenting their instructions. Chloe's parents settled with the district and moved her to a different school where the teachers were trained to handle autism. The difference is remarkable.
These new teachers knew how to break instructions down into steps so that Chloe could follow and understand every part of the process and she is thriving. Positive reinforcement was used instead of punishment and extra time was given to complete assignments when needed. The situation would have been very different if Chloe's parents had followed the advice of the untrained teachers and placed Chloe in a unit alongside kids with behavioral problems. That being said, training teachers in handling autism can really make all the difference in the lives of those on the spectrum. Many children and families have gone through unnecessary grief that could have been resolved if the proper knowledge was applied.
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