AUTISTIC SUPPORT PROGRAM
Elementary/secondary school age students appropriate for this program are served in regional classes throughout Bucks County. All programs offer a low student to teacher ratio which permits instructional emphasis upon the development of skills in communication, behavior management, daily living, socialization and academic content areas. Speech therapy is fully integrated into the program. When needed, integrated occupational and/or physical therapy is provided.
The Primary Goal is to: Develop social, communication, behavioral,
academic, and functional living skills in the least restrictive public
AUTISTIC/APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS (ABA) SUPPORT
These classes for elementary-aged students diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder are based upon strict adherence to principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (i.e., functional assessment of behavior- FBA). They are characterized by utilization of discrete trial instructional format (i.e., presentation of stimuli with responses followed by specific consequences- rewards and error correction feedback), an extremely high degree of consistency in presentation of instruction, rich schedule of reinforcement, data collection and a dependence on data in making instructional decisions, and systematic presentation of tasks. Emphasis is on the development of skills in the areas of behavior, communication, socialization, functional living, and academics. Due to the intensive nature of instruction, 1:1 student / staff ratios are maintained. A full-time behavior analyst works with the classroom staff to provide on-going training and consultation. Speech, occupational, and physical therapy are integrated into the discrete trials on an individual basis under the consultative guidance of speech and language, occupational, and physical therapists.
Maximum Class Size: Appropriate Chapter 14 Guidelines for full time or supplemental caseloads
Instructional Assistants: 6 staff for a class of 6 Students
Students are instructed in the following areas: Behavioral management, communication, socialization, functional living, community living, fine/gross motor, academic skills.
The Primary Goal is to: develop socially acceptable behavior, a reliable and effective means of communication, and to develop basic academic skills in the least restrictive public education setting.
Related Services are included in the basic program.