For those on the autism spectrum, school is often a battleground. Autism and school performance often show a picture of the student as being non-compliant, angry, and underachieving. This is because the regular school classroom is not designed to take into account the needs of students on the spectrum. Many of these students are actually on the upper end of intelligence, but their autism makes it difficult to do things like concentrate, transition, or deal with emotions and socialization properly. More than a few are bullied by other students because of their lack of social skills, and teachers are ill-equipped to understand the needs of autistic children. A residential program that offers an excellent educational program can make a significant difference in this student’s life.
At Camp Worth, our team provides a range of programs and services for children with autism and their families, including our education program for autism. We have years of experience with autism and education, and we can help your family too. Learn more about how our team can help your child with autism succeed by calling 855.915.2545 or filling out our online contact form.
Autism and School Performance
Adolescence is a time when students are placed in an environment where they may have to change classrooms for every subject, learn to manage multiple subjects for homework, and still deal with the social growth that is a large part of this age group. All of this can be overwhelming for even those with high-functioning autism. Autism and school performance can show an intelligent child as failing and being a behavior problem. Consider how some of the things students in this age group take for granted can appear to someone with autism:
- Bright lights and noisy hallways can cause disorientation
- Motor skills may make gym class a nightmare and writing difficult
- Communication skills like reading, writing, and speaking can cause frustration and an appearance of low intelligence
- Having to change rooms several times a day can be distracting
- Learning a different set of rules for each teacher can be confusing
Is it any wonder that these are the years when your child’s worst behavior may begin to show. For a child who has trouble with communication skills and the inability to effectively deal with strong emotion, anger and frustration can quickly spiral out of control, even to the point of violence. These aren’t “bad” kids, simply kids that need direction and help to manage growing up. We work with your child’s therapist to help reinforce positive actions and help your child learn the feeling that comes with success.
What We Offer at Camp Worth
Our educators understand autism and school performance challenges. We provide individualized programs to meet your adolescent where they are now and help them gain the necessary skills that make learning possible. We believe that every child can learn. Our education program is designed to seek out the best way your child learns and then help them adapt to that method. We teach organizational skills and time management. These are skills that will follow your loved one beyond school and out into the world.
In addition, we offer a wide range of helpful treatment programs. These are useful in teaching the skills your child needs to manage their autism symptoms. In addition to our education program, our other autism treatment options include:
- Behavioral analysis program – The goal of this approach is very specific: to give children on the autism spectrum the opportunity to improve their communication skills and ability to interact socially. Cognitive-behavioral therapy and behavioral psychology are clinical, research-based modalities.
- Medication management program – The purpose of medication management is to make sure that any prescribed medications are working as effectively as possible. Your child’s team of professionals gathers data that they can then use to assess how well the medication is working.
- Autism parent program – At our autism parent-training center in Ft. Worth, TX, parents learn many transferable skills that they can use at home with their autistic child. We use a combination of discussion-based techniques and interactive models to teach parents and caregivers the skills they need.
- Food and nutrition program – For many children with autism, mealtime can be stressful. That’s why we created a food and nutrition program to help parents of children with autism find the tools they need to make mealtime fun again.
Learn More About Autism Treatment at Camp Worth
Autism and school performance are things we consider essential at Camp Worth. Our trained educators will help our clients learn the skills that make learning easier. If you have a child that could benefit from a specialized education program, contact us at 855.915.2545 and speak with someone about our program, or reach out to us online. Your child deserves every chance they can get. We can help them get that chance.