Hi Ladies I am hoping someone can help understanding the pros and cons of the reverse mainstreaming concept. A little background DS was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (mild to moderate range). He was diagnosed about a month ago. He will turn 3 next Monday and so we are leaving the early intervention world and entering the 3 to 5 program. Today at our IEP review they offered him a classroom that is a reverse mainstream program which will contain 8 typically developing kids and 8 kids with IEP's. There will be 2 teachers and specialized therapists that work in. They offered no behavior support or ABA. Through my health insurance he will have access to about 15 hours per week of ABA at a location that offers what they call '1:1' preschool mixed in with group activities or at home if we choose.
Our county basically believes his communication skills, social skills, pretend play skills etc are at a level that do not require that level of 1 on 1 assistance. I understand the concept that children learn best from other kids as models and learn the correct behaviors etc. Their feeling is that if he's placed in the autistic support classroom he'd be the highest level in that class and that he can actually achieve more if he were in this type of classroom. I understand they are basically working with a finite set of resources to allocate to all of the kids in their program. So I am trying to just assess what is truly best for my son given the options available. What are the arguments/ experiences regarding this type of classroom versus time being spent more 1 on 1 ABA type therapy. Any help or advice or questions we should ask are most helpful! We have not signed the IEP yet.