The Tennessean reports:
Tennessee does not require teacher training on children with autism, nor does it track whether any training that schools do offer is effective, a recent state study noted.
But many say the state should be doing both.
"Unfortunately, there are teachers with students with autism that have not been trained," said Nicolette Bainbridge Brigham, training director for Vanderbilt University's Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders. "It's a complex disorder and requires certain interventions, and if personnel haven't been trained … it can be very challenging."