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Published: Wednesday, July 9 2014 7:07 p.m. MDT

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chiksika
Hyrum, UT

Just keep the Jacob Barnett story in mind and you will have a prayer. The behaviors of autistic children are as numerous as the stars. But each one of these kids is a star in their own right. Think NEA's Garcia would approve of a charter school.? It does not matter. WE do not need the NEA for this. Go Utah!

silverbear
Goshen, UT

If only. We have an Autistic child. She was born in 1975. Back than Autism was still in the dark ages. We could find no help for her as no one knew what her problems were. Eventually I rejoined the Miltary for the free Medical offered. After spending over 6 years in and endless hours of testing it was determined she was Autistic. Back than when we told our friends and family she was Autistic they asked what was she Artistic in. Many hours of explaining and patience with loved ones and they finally understood. I'm grateful their is school for these special children now. Its only about 40 years to late for us. She now lives in a group home and we have her spend the weekends with us. Get your children tested early. Make sure its the right Diagnosis and than do everything you can for your children. They need all the love and help they can get.

Instereo
Eureka, UT

"chiksika," why are we being so disrespectful to Utah's own Lily Eskleson-Garcia and the NEA when the NEA is a strong advocate for a strong public school for EVERY child. The real problem in Utah is not the NEA but the lack of funding for public schools and the belief by some that the problem can be solved by even less funding to charter schools that separate our children into special classes.

Having an Autistic child is a challenge. I have a niece who is autistic and have seen many children in the schools in Eureka that have suffered from autism. This much I know and that is the teachers in Eureka who are all members of the UEA/NEA care about all the children they teach.

So a blanket disrespectful statement about one of Utah's own who has worked in schools starting in a cafeteria and ending in a school for the homeless here in Utah and spent her life advocating for students all over the nation, to me, shows a need to put aside the rhetoric and learn about the issues and particularly the person who leads the NEA.

LittleStream
Carson City, NV

I think this is a positive sign for all those parents who struggle so mightily for their children. The educational system always needed to see each one of these children as a unique individual. "Normal" and "One Size Fits All" doesn't work here. My daughter decided early on to home school both of my "artistic" grandchildren! One is high functioning and is now eighteen, one is profoundly autistic and is seventeen. Their dad and I have helped where we could. I am teaching my granddaughter typing this semester. My best wishes for the schools success.

hockeymom
Highland, UT

This sounds great, yet I wonder if 45 minutes to an hour of "social scenario" training is enough? Most ASD kids' biggest challenge is social skills and in settings where they have to interpret social cues in an attempt to "learn" how to behave empathetically and less ego-centrically. At what point will these kids be integrated into the real world? If this school goes all the way through 12th grade, they will be dumped in the "real world" (college or job force) without much experience socializing with typically developing peers.

While more expensive than may be feasible, mainstream schools should be adapted to meet the needs of these kids so they have a broader opportunity to interact with typically developing kids, while typically developing kids learn empathy in return for interacting with ASD kids. All new schools being built should have natural lighting, bouncy ball chairs, ear phones, sensory toys and trained staff for those who need them. Then lets do renovations to accommodate those things as well in the older schools. I think inclusivity is always better than segregation for children. Again, it comes down to the all-mighty dollar.

chiksika
Hyrum, UT

Instereo!

WE?? Ever try to deal directly with the bureaucracies called the NEA and DOE (not energy).
And what a coincidence, the NEA is trying to dump their crosstown buddies. I promote specific activities out of pocket from the Pacific to the Dakotas to Private, Public, Charter and Parochial schools and I personally salute any school that sticks its neck out and challenges autism.

I was recently told by one of your 6th grade math teachers that 1/2+1/3 = 1/5.?

Jennifer Huefner
Garden City, UT

Won't Common Core (now thinly disguised as Utah Core) prevent this school from fulfilling its purpose? After all, Common Core makes every school and every child jump through the exact same hoops the exact same way. So sad, as this is a great way to cater to the specialized needs of autistic kids! Come on, Utah! Let's dump Common Core before it does any more damage to freedom, creativity, and education!

FreedomFighter41
Provo, UT

@ Jennifer

No. Common core standards won't affect this charter school.

Nice try though!

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