I'm and ESE teacher who teaches and inclusion class of third graders.
I think it's very important to expose him to as much on grade level content as he can handle. Chances are in the self contained class the teacher isn't able to focuse on that. On the other hand, the student teacher ratio in a regular class will be much higher than in the other class so the teacher may not be able to give your son as much attention.
I would aks if there is regular class with a teacher who has experience with autistic students. If you find a teacher who has the right managment style it would make a HUGE difference.
You have a say in his IEP and placment so ask for a meeting. Keep in mind that IEP are fluid, you can always change it.
Have you aksed his teacher his or her opinion?
at 6:56 AM on Jul. 4, 2008