A recent report in the
"Teachers in mainstream schools in Scotland are still identifying some children with autism as being indisciplined rather than having a communication disorder according to a report. School inspectors said a minority of staff demonstrated "a lack of understanding" of the condition by seeing pupils' difficulties as "bad behaviour".
The report also goes on to state that "too often, children and young people with autism are placed in inappropriate schools, with teaching staff who don't have relevant training in the disability and in an environment that doesn't meet their needs".
The same problem occurs in
It is time that the New Brunswick Department of Education stop promoting mainstream classroom inclusion as a benefit for all students. For some autistic students it is not. They are overwhelmed and the classroom results in negative behaviour including serious self injury. It is time to stop blaming them for being autistic and start admitting that the mainstream classroom can actually be a harmful environment for some autistic children.