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Local school officials say one of the reasons special education spending has risen in recent years is that legal costs are skyrocketing. Parents, better educated about the law and the schools' requirements than ever before, are more apt to call a lawyer if they don't think schools are doing all they can to provide their kids an "appropriate" public education in the "least restrictive environment."
Here, students with autism or similar disorders can escape the classroom cacophony. Kids can crawl through gauzy colored tubes, relax in a rope swing, dig in a sand pit or squeeze through a "steamroller," a device designed to exert soothing pressure.
The colors and textures help stimulate, develop or balance kids' sensory systems, says Theresa Kreider,
The accommodations aren't unique to Penn Manor. The
And yet, at Penn Manor and every other school district in
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