Addressing the needs of children with ASD is an important part of providing an inclusive classroom experience for all students. A comprehensive child autism assessment will include a review of educational as well as social and emotional needs of the child. Such an assessment can allow them to experience school at a higher level and with a minimum amount of disruption.
The Benefits of a Comprehensive Child Autism Assessment
When a comprehensive assessment is administered, both clinicians and parents can gain a realistic set of expectations for the child’s emotional and educational development. When mental, physical, intellectual, social, behavioral, and emotional needs are considered, the more effective a treatment plan can be. We recommend that a team is formed at the start of the child’s educational journey that includes medical practitioners, behavioral therapists, linguists, teachers, and clinicians that can work together to create the most effective course of treatment possible.
Children with autism can vary significantly in their ability levels and their needs. It is unfair and impractical to create a blanket or umbrella treatment plan that is used for all ASD students. Even with adaptations, such a plan would be completely ineffective in too many situations. A personal plan that is borne from a comprehensive assessment is the most likely path to success for both the child, their educators, and clinicians, as well as the students around them.
Minimizing classroom disruption occurs on a higher level when a student’s unique needs are addressed,and a behavioral plan is put in place. Without a comprehensive assessment process, such a plan would likely fail. Regular assessments are also useful in providing the team with signposts on their journey to measure the effectiveness of the overall treatment plan. Such regular assessments allow the team to modify the student’s plan as necessary and focus on the techniques that are working.
When selecting the assessment, it is important to confirm that it covers all areas of concerns and is able to provide a complete picture of the child’s situation and needs. With a proper assessment in place, it is far more likely that the student will experience a robust educational journey while minimizing their disruptive behavior in the classroom. Inclusive classrooms with ASD students can provide a richer experience to both the affected child as well as the typical children with whom they share a class. We suggest a review with a clinician prior to beginning the child autism assessment process to ensure that all efforts are being maximized to their best outcomes.