Conn. Autism Programs Increase Along With Numbers of Cases

Monday, April 15, 2013

The students in Room 309 at Madison School can tell you what autism looks like.

Ethan Aponte says it's rocking back and forth. To Jonathan Revolus, it is worrying and fidgeting. For Kenny Jones, it's pacing.

The programs serving students like Ethan, Jonathan and Kenny, however, can look as varied as the students themselves.

At the Beardsley School, regular and special education teachers work together in a "co-teaching" autism program. While at the Johnson School there is a full continuum of services for those on the spectrum, from self-contained classes that offer intensive instruction, to regular classes where autistic students work with mainstream students but are provided extra support.

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