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I have a student with autism. He is mostly behavioral and at a lower learning level so he has to be in a separate classroom. We try to let him play with the students at recess or join in class parties. He has a sibling that attends school as well. When we were waiting in car line a group of girls talked about how they feel so bad for the sibling because of my student. Thankfully, neither student or sibling heard. But how do I respond to that as an adult? Especially, if they do hear?

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I taught a special day class for students with Autism. We were putting our strengths on a bulletin board. One of my students asked if he could put Autism up. I said “Absolutely!” Autism comes with its own strengths and weaknesses. I tell students with IEP’s “Everyone has strengths and weaknesses, we just happen to know what yours are.”

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Tactfully!!!!! Explain that this child could have easily been one of their brothers! Ask them how they would feel if the shoes were on their feet. I would also explain that this child is so special that his family was chosen to raise him because of how special they all are! Let’s see how the discussion changes afterwords!

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