I have a kid who's been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. Some staff members question the diagnosis because his symptoms don't seem so severe and we know that he has an abusive home situation, which may have messed him up in various ways... Whatever. It is all but impossible for me to get his attention in the classroom. This is never a problem one-to-one. But when there are others in the classroom, he just spaces out. Doesn't listen, doesn't do his work, nothing. Not even when I am standing right in front of him looking at his face and saying his name. This problem gets worse when he is absorbed in something. He gets absorbed in things very easily. If he starts sharpening his pencil, it will be ten times harder than before for me to get his attention. How is any learning supposed to get done this way?! IMHO, he really needs to be in a higher-level class with a para to stand by and keep him on track. But he isn't -- he's in my class with only me to attempt to keep the five kids learning all at once.