For most of the kids who are older and on the autism spectrum, the big problem is service and educational communities giving up on them,” states Dr. Greenspan, and abandoning thinking skills in the process. We shouldn’t stop challenging older children simply because they are autistic.
Treatment for older children (7+)
How do I help my autistic child to learn, think and function well? How do I help my child academically?
One of the real challenges with children with special needs is grappling with how you help them master reflective, analytic thinking – seeing the big picture and making inferences. In studies comparing children with autism to children without autism, who are matched for IQ, the separating factor isn’t academics. “What separates special needs populations from non-special needs populations is the ability to think at a highly reflective level,” points our Dr. Greenspan.