A chance to live life to its fullest potential… That’s the opportunity that all parents wish for their children. For parents of children with autism, the road to that opportunity may have different stops and turns along the way, but the ultimate goals of attained happiness, fulfillment and enhanced quality of life are certainly shared dreams.
Anderson Center’s Education Program offers a complete array of specialized services designed to enrich the lives of children with autism. This unique program utilizes proactive and support strategies to aid in each student’s educational, social, emotional and communicative development while enhancing their quality of life as they learn and grow.
Program at a glance:
- Welcomes school-aged children up to 21 years old who have received a primary diagnosis of autism.
- Incorporates teaching and learning methodologies based on a Positive Behavioral Supports model, with proactive and support strategies to assist students as they learn and grow.
- All classrooms provide a communication rich learning environment where communicative supports are readily available.
- Goals and objectives are identified for each student and target pivotal skill areas such as communication, social interaction, organization, and independent life skills.
- Services vary among classrooms with the focus of instruction aligned with the age and ability levels of students.
- For elementary age classrooms – the program addresses school readiness behaviors such as sitting, listening to a speaker, taking turns, academic functioning, and social skills development.
- For middle school age classrooms – the focus is on academic and functional academic development, social skills and vocational learning opportunities.
- For high school age classrooms – the program focuses on functional academic and/or life skills development as well as the inclusion of transition/vocational learning and training opportunities.
- Behavioral analytic teaching strategies, interventions and evaluative data review are embedded into the infrastructure with direct instruction, discrete trial teaching and visual, environmental, sensory and communication supports utilized as appropriate.
- Working within a collaborative interdisciplinary model, behavior specialist/analysts, speech and occupational therapists provide services within the classroom. Certified special educators then embed appropriate student specific supports into ongoing classroom lessons and activities.
- Special educators plan content based lessons using a curriculum that reflects New York State Learning Standards.
- Student progress and learning milestones are shared with families and school districts through quarterly IEP reports, quarterly report cards, annual and alternate assessments, meetings, phone conversations with case managers or teachers, and email correspondence.