A negative school experience can end up with harmful effects on youngsters who are autistic, a recent study has revealed.
A team of researchers have recently discovered that social experience and emotional exclusions from the mainstream education can have adverse effects on how autistic student end up viewing themselves.
This, in turn, is seen to increase risks by multiple times resulting in young pupils developing lower levels of self-esteem resulting in undesired mental health conditions.
Further, researchers from the University of Surrey examined 17 earlier studies of how autistic students link their views to how others treat them and carry out interactions with them.
Some error has occured.
A common tendency among many autistic pupils was observed to internalize the negativity flowing around their surroundings which in turn led them to being isolated.
Studies show negative self-perception can adversely affect an individual’s performance while making pupils more susceptible to increased health complexities.
Sensory sensitivities are seen to be commonly occurring characteristic among autistic individuals leading to sounds getting magnified to intolerable levels resulting in increased distractions and anxieties. This is seen to have a direct impact on an ability of a student resulting in lesser levels of concentration.
Interestingly, it was observed autistic pupils who were successful in developing good and supportive friendships were at an increased benefit of feeling good resulting in improved performances.
Thus, the findings directly relate to the importance for educational institutions to have an acceptance culture for autistic students to help them integrate into the mainstream society with ease.
Dr. Emma Williams says, “Educational setting in inclusive mainstreams could inadvertently increase the negative sense of ‘difference’ in a not so positive way.”
Dr. Williams, the lead author of the study, further adds, “Our sayings should not be misconstrued as being against mainstream schools for autistic students.”
“We rather suggest, cultivating a greater atmosphere of acceptance and making minor modifications, for instance; creating a place for children with special needs that is non-distractive in nature. This will help students to better their social skills resulting in increased academic performances.”
In other words, schools have a greater role to play in helping youngsters feel positive about themselves.
It is the right time to ensure autistic people get the educational credits that they deserve and leave their school of study with a feeling of being valued, loved and accepted rather than emotional strains. It should be noted more than 100,000 children have been diagnosed with autism in the UK alone.