Assisting Autistic Kids at School
Interview: Kathy Oehler, speech pathologist, autism consultant, Indianapolis
Itís back to school season, and you know what that means?
Backpack? Check. Pencils and markers? Check. Thatís the easy stuff.
For parents of children on the autism spectrum, thereís one more important item on the back-to-school list: an Individual Education Plan, or IEP.
Thatís the customized educational roadmap required by law to make sure children with special needs receive appropriate services.
Barbara Lewis chats with Kathy Oehler, an autism consultant who works with a suburban Indianapolis school system. She explains that receiving a diagnosis of autism is just the starting point. She offers tips for parents of autistic children.