His teacher will set up an activity, start explaining it and invariably one of the autistic kids will start having a meltdown. The teacher's assistant will go over to help him but within a couple of minutes his meltdown has triggered a meltdown by another autistic boy. By this point you can't hear anything but screaming, the teacher and the TA are both occupied leaving the rest of the class to just talk amongst themselves...which they do, then everyone is getting out of their seats and playing again, no longer remotely interested on the activity. By the time the teacher gets evreryone seated and settled and listening again, a good 20 minutes has passed. I see this situation every time I'm there so I imagine it happens every other day too.
So my question is...wouldn't it be better for the autistic kids to be in their own class together? A smaller class, with more individual attention where they can move at their own pace? Because O honestly don't think it's fair that my son's learning has to fall behind because of a few special students.
Please don't get all bent out of shape. No, I don't have a child with autism and I don't know what its like. That's why I'm asking. If there's a mutual benefit to these students being mainstreamed like these then please educate me.