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Monday, May 17, 2010

Special Ed Teacher Training in California

The Riverside Press-Enterprise reports:

Responding to an explosion in the number of autism cases in the past 20 years, California is requiring thousands of veteran special-education teachers to return to school to learn about the developmental disorder. For many, it will be their first training on the challenging behaviors that often accompany autism.

Autism spectrum disorder, which includes mild to the most severe cases, "is not like any other disorder," said Ruth Prystash, autism specialist for the Riverside County Office of Education. "ASD individuals are completely unique, so the training given to most special educators is not relevant or applicable much of the time."

See the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

See earlier post on The California Teacher Corps.