Autism is a developmental disability significantly affecting verbal and nonverbal communication and social interaction, generally evident before age three, which adversely affects a child's educational performance.
Other characteristics often associated with autism are engagement in repetitive activities and stereotypical movements, restricted interests, resistance to environmental change or change in daily routines, and unusual responses to sensory experiences.
Testing and early intervention are the keys to the improved services and programs aimed at achieving the best possible developmental, educational, and behavioral outcomes (Buron and Wolfberg, 2008).
Assistive technologies include a room with soft lighting, heavy insulation, and padded walls/floors for hypersensitive children are great as is in-room restroom facilities for convenience, privacy, and student comfort.
Finally, a ‘recovery room’ which allows a child to decompress should they become agitated and need time to regain control.
Buron, D., & Wolfberg, P. (2008). Learners on the autism spectrum: Preparing highly qualified educators. Shawnee Mission, KS: Autism Asperger Publishing Company.