Students on Autism Spectrum
In 2012, the Center for Disease Control announced that one in every 88 children nationwide has been diagnosed to have an Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) that causes serious social, behavioral, and communication problems. Since ASD includes literally a wide spectrum of impairments in social interactions, communication and restricted behaviors, individual ability levels vary greatly across developmental and age levels.
Our middle and high school students in the Spectrum Program, and our 18-22 year old SAIL Transition students have been diagnosed with ASD ranging from mild to severe levels of functioning. They all exhibit behavior and learning challenges which require more intense interventions than what can be provided in a public school setting. Some students need assistance with basic life and hygiene skills. Others with low or non-verbal communication skills use assistive speech devices.
Since our students are usually at very different ability levels, they are typically paired with an individually assigned behavior or functional living aide. Our aides receive intense ongoing training to learn how the student perceives the world, to identify and reinforce the child’s strengths, and to create strategies to improve the student’s weaknesses while focusing on building flexibility, relationship and interpersonal skills. The teachers and aides all look for ways to connect with and provide positive social reinforcers to increase socially appropriate interactions.
We invite you to make an appointment to take a tour of the school to see how the quality of our staff and students interactions enriches their lives and helps develop their greatest potential.