• Autism Resource Specialist

    Educational Philosophy
    In keeping with our District’s Mission and Vision statements, the Special Education Department uses a wide variety of methods in determining successful programming for student with Autism. The special programming developed includes strategies from a variety of Evidence Based Practices.

    Programming for Students With Autism

    • Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) programming
    • Neighborhood Schools with a wide range of inclusion opportunities with cross-categorical support from qualified Special Education teachers
    • STARS (Structured Teaching and Related Strategies) program-Self-contained classrooms at various community schools for students with cognitive impairments for grades k-age 21.
    • LAUNCH (Learners with Autism with Unique Needs and Challenges) Program - Self -contained classrooms at various community schools with integration opportunities for grades K-8. Students served by this model have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder and need significant learning and social supports as a result of their disability.
    • Camp Connect – a summer Social Skills instruction program offered for qualifying students in grades K-12
    Characteristics
    • Birth to age 21
    • Significant impairment in reciprocal social interaction (for developmental level).
    • Significant impairment in verbal and nonverbal communication (for developmental level).
    • Restricted repertoire of activities and interests.
    • Apparent sensory dysfunction as evidenced by under-or-over-responsiveness to touch, light, sound, or pain.
    • Uneven acquisition of skills and difficulty integrating and generalizing acquired skills.
    • Repetitive, self-stimulatory behaviors including obsessive-compulsive behaviors and ritualistic behaviors.

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