News: Educator's Goal is to Mainstream Every Child with Autism into Kindergarten

Monday, May 25, 2009 - 09:39

Christine Gralow began her career teaching teenagers with learning disabilities in New York City, but now her focus is on mainstreaming children with autism into kindergarten. She got her training in autism disorders and the value of early intervention from the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD). She provides one-on-one home-based services and helps children in preschool situations acclimate to other students and teachers. As a special education itinerant teacher (SEIT), Christine has found that at the preschool age, children do not identify each other as different, making the transition into a mainstreamed kindergarten easier for the special needs student. Because a lot of early intervention funding and support decrease as children with autism get older, mainstreaming them successfully is important.

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autism, early intervention (EI), home, intervention, mainstream, mainstreaming, preschool, read, special needs, transition