Students who attend our school must qualify for the Autism Scholarship, Jon Peterson Scholarship or be referred by their school district. We serve students Pre-K – 12th grade (ages 3-21). Our student population faces a variety of disabilities including Autism, Emotional Disturbance, Other Health Impairments and more.
We are proud to employ Intervention Specialists, Licensed Teachers, Speech Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Registered Behavior Technicians, Social Worker and Assistant Teachers. All our staff are trained in Handle with Care and have ongoing behavior management training.
By focusing on key areas — academics, behavior modifications, support services, and transition / life planning services — we are able to meet the individual needs of all students through these varied approaches to instruction. Through collaboration with a student’s IEP team, we are able to choose the most appropriate learning model based on a given student’s present levels of performance, social capabilities, motor coordination, and ability to learn in a group setting.
Utilizing four specific instructional rotations, students are assessed academically, gain self-regulation skills, learn with district-aligned academic curriculums, and utilize integrated technology.
Serving students with significant autism and developmental disabilities, our model takes learned skills and practically applies them to the multiple environments in which a student would use those skills. Students spends portions of their day rotating through different modalities of instruction, the length and the frequency of each rotation is individuality designed for each learner and based on their current skills and future goals.
Each student enrolled in the model has individualized behavior programming which is driven by Functional Behavioral Assessments (FBA). We aim to identify the behaviors that continue to disrupt our student’s ability to access their environment and learning. We then use the data collected from the FBA and classroom data to device strategies that get to the root function of the students disrupted behaviors.
A Promising Future Through Life Skills Training
Above all else, we want our students to explore their full capacities and achieve their full capabilities heading into adulthood. Transition and life planning services pave the way for successful independent living, rewarding postsecondary schooling experiences, and productive and fulfilling careers.
The Center for Autism & Dyslexia values the importance of programming for your child’s future. Each student enrolled in our transition classroom will be administered the Assessment of Functional Living Skills to drive their programming. The assessment includes six modules to assess your child’s skills in the following areas:
- Basic Living Skills
- Home Skills
- Community Skills
- School Skills
- Independent Living Skills
- Vocational Skills
Our team will meet with you to determine which areas should be focused on to equip your child with the most future success. After the assessment is complete, your child’s classroom teacher will design an individual rotation model of instruction to teach and generalize your child’s skills.
Each site includes mock apartment equipment, accessible kitchens, and a variety of vocational activities to match our students’ growth needs.
A Comprehensive Education That Addresses All Needs
The Center for Autism & Dyslexia addresses areas of need that interfere with learning and provides all supplementary and related support services your child might need to succeed. These services include:
- Speech-Language Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Music Therapy
- Behavioral Interventions
- Discrete Trial Training
Speech pathologists customize programs focusing on such skills as expressive and receptive language, speech production, auditory processing, social language, voice, and fluency. Engaging in topic-relevant conversations, establishing problem-solving skills, improving decision making, utilizing appropriate vocabulary, and developing conceptual understanding are all components that are reinforced.
Our therapist works directly with your child on foundational skills for motor planning, sensory processing, organization, and visual motor integration. Integration of OT within the classroom ensures that your child’s therapy plan complements their everyday responsibilities.
Your child participates in group or 1:1 music therapy weekly. Taught by an accredited music therapist, lessons are designed to teach, expand, and reinforce language and social skills.
We implement a school-wide behavior intervention program that focuses on self-regulation through promoting positive behaviors while decreasing less desirable behaviors. All teachers are trained and supervised by a BCBA (board-certified behavior analyst) and are certified in crisis intervention and the principle and theories of Applied Behavior Analysis.
Discrete Trial Training
Your child receives DTT therapy, an intense 1:1 learning approach in which students are engaged in trials of demands that focus on expanding their repertoire of language development. The sessions consist of a combination of current target interventions and mastered skills in a highly motivating environment to ensure that each student’s engagement is high.
The Center for Autism & Dyslexia is committed to achieving success with each student, against all challenges. By building confidence and competence through personalized academic and behavioral interventions, we prepare your child to become a happy and responsible adult.
Goals for Students at the Center for Autism & Dyslexia:
To be healthy individuals who:
- Demonstrate the ability to form responsible relationships with a wide range of people
- Have the capacities for playing satisfying and responsible roles in family life
- Possess the knowledge, habits, and attitudes that promote personal and public health
- Understand ethical principles and values and apply them to their own lives
- Are aware of their own worth, abilities, potential, and limitations
To be independent individuals who:
- Are skilled in obtaining information, problem solving, critical thinking, and effective communication
- Play a greater role in their educational environment
- Enjoy the process of learning and acquire skills necessary for a lifetime of continuous learning, adaptation to change, and engagement/productivity as a member of society
- Are aware of career opportunities and pursue knowledge necessary for further education
- Contribute to the political decision-making processes of the community, state, country, and world
To be academically competent individuals who:
- Acquire academic skills in language arts, mathematics, and the physical and biological sciences
- Understand specific events and the broader context of social studies, history, and current events
- Express themselves creatively in one or more of the arts