Autistic boy sent to sit in a cardboard box.

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Autistic boy sent to sit in a cardboard box.
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Tue, 02-28-2012 - 4:50pm

What a story...

Mom says teacher sent her 10-year-old autistic son into cardboard box
A tiny part of me felt less sick when I read that the boy actually wanted the box to help when he needed to self-soothe. I still don't think it was the right choice by the teacher. There are so many more options! My son's classroom has three bookshelves put together in a U shape with pillows in the middle where the kids can go, individually, when they need their space. Something like that seems much better.
I'd love to know more details of why he was in a mainstream classroom.
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Tue, 02-28-2012 - 8:16pm
If the box was made into a nice comforting place and it was a nook all children could go into to have a calming moment then I don't seen a problem in the world with it.

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Registered: 04-28-2005
Wed, 02-29-2012 - 8:12pm
Braden's best friend has autism, and B said that he will run to the bathroom stall in their class room when he needs quiet time.

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Mon, 03-12-2012 - 9:26am
The autism room at my kid's school is a lot like walking into an office, The room is broken up with partitions/these moveable walls. There's a space for teacher/student testing; space for toys, for reading and space for quiet and break time too. I think the aim is structure and amazingly those kids know what every part of that room represents.

 

 

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Registered: 02-24-2010
Thu, 03-29-2012 - 1:31pm

Plenty of students with autism are in mainstream classrooms.

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