New Classroom Helps Autistic Children

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

Singing and clapping, it's another fun filled day for these students at Ashville Elementary School, but their teachings are a bit different than other students.

"We start speech into their day, everyday they need it very much so, autism is a speech and language delay."

Deanna Brannon is the special education teacher and says this year the students have a newly designed classroom. Small details in a classroom can make the difference for a child with autism.

Barriers in the classroom separating different work areas are just one of the things helping teach these autistic children.

“Our classroom is set up into dividers that way we have each area sectioned off to keep noise down as well as to keep distraction so we can keep our one on one work that they need."

While the program for children with autism has been around for a few years, this is the first year a classroom has been designed specifically for their needs.

Brannon isn't the only one seeing results from the new classroom; Assistant Barbara Johnson says she can already see the difference.

"It helps, it really helps, that structure is what they need and love."

Brannon says offering classes like this, gives children with autism a greater chance at succeeding when they finally leave school and enter the world.

"We're making their outcomes in life better, the sooner we can get our hands on them the sooner we can start their intense work, the better their outcome will be when they're older and look at getting into the community after they're 21."

Brannon says the community and parents have been supportive of the new classroom and teaching techniques.

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