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Asperger Syndrome: Educational Resources

Many children with Asperger Syndrome have such variability in their skill levels that planning an appropriate education can be a challenge for most school systems.

One of the simplest steps to take when putting together an education plan is to ensure that everyone on the team is in agreement about the child's skill profile. While this seems obvious, often the breakdown can come as early as this in the process. Secondly, assigning the resources that will allow the child to learn in the least restrictive placement is key. Most often a child with Asperger Syndrome has a day that is made up of a range of placements - the typical educational classroom, the typical educational classroom with support, pull-out for small group instruction, and pull-out to one-to-one instruction. The combination of these placements and what skills are taught in each is dependent upon the individual child.

Commonly one simple answer or placement is not complex enough to handle the diverse needs of a child with Asperger Syndrome. Parents and school personnel may find the following resources helpful:

Developing an appropriate educational environment and individualized education plan (IEP):

Developing social/emotional skills:

Other on-line resources for Asperger's Syndrome:

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Last Reviewed: Mar 24, 2009

Jacqueline Wynn, PhD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University