It is very important that a child has access to appropriate education that is designed to meet his or her individual needs. Those who are living with Autism, like most children, will have educational needs that vary greatly from one child to the next.
Some children will be able to attend their local school, requiring minimal support, while others may require a very specialised setting.
When your child is diagnosed, the psychologist or multi-disciplinary team should include recommendations about the most appropriate educational placement. It is then up to you to seek out schools in your area meeting those criteria.
Generally speaking, your child will not be allowed to enrol in an Autism-specific school or setting without an official recommendation by a qualified professional.
It is important to remember that needs change, and some children will be able to move from a specialised setting to a less specialised setting over time. Keep in mind that the reverse may also occur. Sometimes, it is in the best interest of the learner to move from a less specialised setting to a more specialised setting with greater resources.
For more information on education for children with Autism, please see our Education page.