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I'm certain that your intent was to make a difference in the lives of children. But there is this one student, who you can't handle, who makes you uncomfortable, who creates a storm in your classroom. Secretly, you wish he wasn't in your class. You probably feel guilty about thinking these thoughts -- but you just can't deal with his odd and disruptive behaviours. I know how you feel.
Whenever I think or talk about my child and our autistic children in school, their behaviours inevitably occur to me first. Followed by the question: how do we handle them? But what I have learnt from experience is that before we start worrying about a solution, we need to address another all-important question: Why do kids with autism behave the way they do?
Parenting is a hard enough job at the best of times, and when you have a kid who is differently-abled, the challenges are that much greater. But are there any fundamental differences between what ordi...