In our school age educational services program, each student follows an individualized curriculum built around the Competent Learner Model (CLM). Most participants follow an adapted curriculum, based on the strengths and needs of the individual. The IEP guides each child’s curriculum and the method(s) of instruction provided. In addition to CLM, supplemental materials such as adapted reading and math curricula, vocational assessments, and materials to address the ASOLs for VAAP assessments are used with each child.
Inclusion opportunities, to the extent that it is possible and/or appropriate for each individual, are offered. This includes regular outings in the community, participation with typical peers, and opportunities to return to public education as determined by the program team.
Participants admitted to the program typically have a diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder, however, children with additional diagnoses such as speech-language impairment, developmental delay, or intellectual disability are also considered for admission. Admissions for our educational programs are typically funded by placing school districts or CSA funding.
Competent Learner Model (CLM) is the driving force behind our assessments and curriculum. Supplemental materials such as typical preschool learning materials are used to provide instruction.
The program is staffed with a lead instructor to oversee each site and ABA Therapists (assistants) who work with the children to provide individualized instruction and support throughout the day. The instructor to participant ratio is no less than 6:8. Related services as required by each individual’s plan are provided by contractors. These providers are contracted directly by the placing agent or the parents. Services provided may include speech, occupational, physical, or vision therapies.
As part of our program, all employees participate in a rigorous schedule of professional development and training. Additionally, Behavior Analysts provide direct feedback to program staff on a weekly basis.