May Center School for Autism and Developmental Disabilities

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Academics.

From the first day a child enters one of our classrooms, we begin to carefully create a personal learning experience, assessing needs and developing specific goals and objectives. We regularly measure progress, re-evaluating and adjusting each individual program, as necessary, in order to constantly challenge, motivate, and encourage each child.

Our teachers work with students in small groups or one-on-one, combining best practices from the fields of ABA and special education. Each student has a program book that includes detailed plans for implementing his or her Individualized Education Program (IEP). Teachers record data in this book daily, noting the child’s challenges and progress with developmental, behavioral, and educational goals.

Improving communication skills is an integral component of most students’ IEPs. We address their unique needs in a variety of ways including sound imitation, sign language, and a picture exchange communication system (PECS). While some of our students are not verbal, many have functional verbal language, or learn to communicate with pictures or electronic communication devices.