Autism expert holds teacher workshop in Madison | Education
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MADISON, AL (WAFF)- Statistics show autism affects 1 in 88
children nationwide. In some parts of the Tennessee Valley, the stats are much
higher, which is why Madison City Schools brought in a leading expert to sit
down with teachers to share needed information.
Out of 965 special needs students, 110 are
diagnosed with autism. Because these children learn differently, teachers want
to know how to better educate them.
University of California at Los Angeles
professor and autism spectrum disorder expert Dr. B.J. Freeman sat down with
special education teachers and behavior specialists to share the latest
knowledge behind autism.
Diagnosis is crucial because, the expert
said, it helps families and teachers understand what difficulties the child is
having and what services the child needs. Perhaps most importantly, it helps
the child understand that nothing is "wrong" with them: Some people have
trouble learning to read, some have trouble with math. Autistic children have
trouble with learning social skills, which is why it is important for teachers
to be educated as well.
"They are confronted with children every day
and want to learn how to help them. That's why they go into this field. I've
found 99 percent of the time, the audience is very receptive," said Dr.
Dr. Freeman's discussion with Madison
teachers was broadcast to hundreds of others across the state.
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