Search

Andalusia, AL: SPED director: 20 yrs ago there were 7 students with autism, today there are 30

April 21, 2018, Andalusia (AL) Start—News: Autism awareness: Local program is hyper-focused on early intervention https://www.andalusiastarnews.com/2018/04/21/autism-awareness-local-program-is-hyper-focused-on-early-intervention/ … ACS District Administrator Sonja Hines previously worked as the system’s special education coordinator. Twenty years ago, she said, the system had seven students on the spectrum. This year, there are 30, and educators are working to develop individual education plans for four more students who are being evaluated. … “We have Dr. Meade come and give assessments as well,” Hines said. “She’s got a realistic point of view. And you’ve got to be realistic. Parents are usually still in denial, and she’s really good with them.”… As the system has added more Pre-K classes, it’s been easier to put young children identified with autism with typical peers. … The biggest challenge for many on the autism spectrum, Cross said, is an inability to communicate. …