Survey distributed via Facebook by posting to 30+ autism-related pages.
Yielded 37 responses (as of 10/19/14).
See presentation for questions & results:
Interview conducted with mother of a boy with autism.
Age 10 who is in both inclusive & exclusive classroom settings.
Q: Do you think it helps to have him mixed with neurotypical kids, for the social aspects?
I think that sometimes he does connect more with other kids that are on the spectrum. Like I have him in a class on Saturdays with The Family Center of Autism, and he plays Minecraft Mania with this kid there with Asperger’s. He’s 13 years old, high-functioning in regular classes in his school — and so for the first time I heard him have a real conversation for like 15 minutes with this kid about Minecraft, I mean maybe he could talk to a typical kid about it — but they wouldn’t want to talk about it only like he does — it’s one of his symptoms. It’s very hard for them to have a typical conversation with another person, because they don’t want to talk about Minecraft all day long like him.
Q: What about in terms of bullying?
Last year in a typical class — mostly in the after care, sometimes during lunch when it wasn’t as supervised — the other kids would tell him to go tell a girl that he loves her or something and he would do it because he doesn’t know any better — he’s missing that social … gene I guess. They would also tell him to curse and he would do it and they would laugh — and he thinks they’re laughing with him but they’re really laughing at him. There was also some times when the kids called him stupid, retarded — like at camp this past summer. It was a typical camp that he was in though so that’s hard.
Q: I was thinking of a buddy system of some sort, like linking them by common interest, like Minecraft — thoughts?
Yea that would be good. They need some role models.