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WHAT IS THE NEED?
Every year, more children are diagnosed with autism, requiring tailored education to support their unique learning styles and recognize their potential. In 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported a prevalence of 1 in 59 births in the United States, highlighting the increasing challenge for schools to design effective programs. As class sizes grow and typical sites struggle to provide intensive interventions, students with autism face difficulties in sensory regulation and escalating behaviors. Schools, mandated by the Individual Education Disability Act, attempt various strategies, from one-on-one support to specialized plans. When these measures fall short, families and districts may collaboratively explore alternative programs like WINGS, a certified non-public school.
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental disability affecting communication and social interaction, with signs often appearing in early childhood. ASD is characterized by diverse behaviors, forming a spectrum that varies in intensity. While the exact cause is unknown, a combination of genetic and environmental factors is implicated. Early diagnosis, intervention, and access to appropriate services improve outcomes. Behaviors include delayed language learning, challenges in social interaction, executive functioning difficulties, intense interests, and sensory sensitivities. The diagnosis considers a comprehensive analysis of behaviors. Our approach, aligned with the Autism Society of America, tailors interventions to each child's strengths and learning challenges, recognizing the unique presentation of each individual on the spectrum.
WHO DO WE SERVE?
Program tailored for students with moderate to severe autism, including those with similar needs but different diagnoses.
Admissions for students ages five to twenty-two with various challenges: learning, communication, self-regulation, social interaction, and rigid interests.
Comprehensive support, including speech and occupational therapy, for students pursuing a functional-based educational program leading to a certificate of completion, not a high school diploma.
WHAT IS OUR APPROACH?
Interdisciplinary team of experts addressing student needs with collaboration across disciplines.
Accommodated educational curriculum and therapeutic program tailored to each student's developmental level.
Partnership with families, emphasizing the discovery of talents and strengths, while incorporating aspects of TEACCH, SCERTS, and Sensory Processing lenses in program design.