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EDUCATION POLICIES ENDANGERING INCLUSION POLICY AND OUR CHILDREN....CONTINUED

The Norwegian Research reported

"The two treatment groups received similar amounts of treatment (M = 28.5 hrs per week at the child's school). Children in the behavioral group made significantly larger gains on standardised tests than did those in the eclectic treatment group. Results suggest that some 4 - 7 yr olds may make large gains with intensive behavioral treatment, that such treatments can be successfully implemented in school settings, and that aspect of behavioral treatments (not just its intensity), may account for favorable results."

The Amercian research also looked at the effectiveness of non-intensive eclectic treatments (15hrs per week of developmentally appropriate activities and sensory experiences provided in a 1:6 adult child ratio - similiar to our early learning intervention programmes) and concluded

"_____ it was not just ineffective; it produced negative mean change scores in multiple skill domains. Based on these findings, we would project that those children will lose more ground to their typically developing peers the longer they remain in such intervention programmes."

Based on this research, it is now clear that the Education Department in Tasmania has implemented policies for educating children on the Autistic Spectrum which are contributing to the further regression of our children.

A.T.A.C. accepts that this approach was adopted in good faith and was supported by a number of universities, including the Universtity of Tasmania. However, it was a mistake! At the time there was no research to show that their policies were effective, and there is no sign that the Tasmanian Education Department has instituted any objective testing to assess its effectiveness. This failure has led to many years of heartache for parents of children with autism. It has condemned a generation of these children in Tasmania to be dependent on the public purse for the rest of their lives.

THIS IS A COSTLY TRAGEDY FOR THE TAXPAYER, AND A WASTE OF THE LIVES OF THESE CHILDREN.

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