I just discovered this message board while doing some research for my class. I am a special ed teacher and I am attempting to form a middle/high school community for kids with HFA/Aspergers. I teach at a school for students who have been removed from regular classrooms and from self-contained units due to behavioral issues. Most of our student population has always been kids with conduct disorder (at-risk behaviors) but we have been getting more and more students on the spectrum in the past few years. Their social needs are so different from the rest of the population that we decided last year to attempt to form a "unit" within our special school. I have been thrilled at the initial developments and want to continue to expand the original vision. I have been so impressed by what I've read on this board so far that I thought I'd just jump in and ask.
I understand that home schooling is a necessity at times due to the unique needs of these children but, if you could design a perfect school program for your adolescent with HFA/AS, what would it look like? What have you not been happy with in terms of educational experiences? We are currently at 16 students that we have divided into three classes to reinforce friendships and community building. They have some classes with the rest of the school population but at least several classes with others of their peer group. Any ideas that anyone could give me would be welcomed... I want to create the very best experience I can for these uniquely delightful students.