The Founders Center serves students with autism using a program called Competent Learner Model (CLM).

CLM has been developed over the past 30 years by integrating elements of Applied Behavior Analysis, including:

  • Direct Instruction
  • Precision Teaching
  • Shaping
  • Natural Environment Teaching
  • Task Analysis

These practices have been identified as components of evidence-based treatments for autism. CLM focuses on developing Competent Learner Repertoires (CLRs) that provide the basic learning-to-learn skill sets.

These CLRs include:

  • Observer
  • Listener
  • Talker
  • Reader
  • Writer
  • Problem Solver
  • Participator

The CLRs are the core of all learning such that, when combined with the use of educational tools and manipulatives, they support the mastery of subject matter and augment the development of day-to-day functional actions.

After admission to the program, a Competent Learner Repertoire Assessment (CLRA) is administered to each student to determine the foundational elements in each repertoire that are needed for success. Students are placed into the CLM curriculum based on the outcome of the assessment and IEP goals are determined based on these results as well.