Many parents do themselves a disfavour when they label their kids “autistic”, and subsequently give their kids special treatment. Their kids are sent to schools with individual care, minimal interaction with other students, therapy sessions with pointless questions, and “learning techniques” that don’t work. Segregation is not the solution. The most important thing to give an autistic child is interaction with other kids of their age. This is not “forced” interaction where the kid is forced to play games designed for NT’s, such as make belief. Even I have trouble doing this. Instead, have them participate in structured activities where imitation is necessary, and easily developed. In the video above, the autistic kid is engaged in activities with 20 other kids. The parachute is a great activity. This activity is simple, easy to follow, and is designed to encourage imitation. The kid just has to see that all the other kids are holding to the parachute, standing up, falling down, and she just has to follow suit. Today, there are too many therapy sessions that teach reading, writing, speaking, or rules that are individual. Kids don’t learn individually; they learn by mimicking other kids. Temple Grandin did not go to a segregated school, and she learned how to interact. If an 10 year old autistic kid is behind in a subject, say speaking. If you put the kid in a class with other 10 year olds, it will drag the class behind, and it will be impossible for the autistic kid to catch up. It’s akin to putting a 5 year old child in a class full of 10 year olds. Instead, you put the autistic kid in a classroom with 6 year old kids. The skills that they learn will be the same, and they will move at a similar pace. If the same 10 year old excels at math, you put the kid a math class with 16 year oldĀ students. This way, the kid is challenged, and can move at the same pace as the class. This is what Jacob Barnett did, and this is why he has excelled. Individualized learning doesn’t mean one-on-one learning. Individualized learning means matching the kid’s skills in each subject to skills of other kids. In fact, the more kids there are, the easier it is to imitate other kids, as long as the environment is structured. Another important rule to teach autistic kids is that other people’s feelings matter. There might not be a reason why doing X will make someone mad. But autistic people must learn that making a person mad, angry, or upset is not OK, and therefore they must not do X.