The YCOE Autism program supports students who range in age from 5 years to 22 years of age. Services are provided within three classrooms on the campus of Greengate School, a self-contained YCOE Special Education site. The classroom size and adult-child ratio support the intensive needs of students. Services by various support staff, including the speech-language pathologist, occupational and physical therapists, and the behaviorist are typically provided in the classroom.
The program provides a structured, predictable approach to repeated opportunities for meaningful practice of daily living skills. Students demonstrate a wide range of abilities with individual and group opportunities for skill development. Some of these skills include toileting and hygiene practices, eating and snack preparation, dressing, sorting, assembling, math skills involving money and simple computation, and basic reading and writing skills. Technology is a prevalent feature with iPads and interactive boards used for a variety of purposes. Prevocational and early academic skills are part of many students’ individualized plans.
Communication skill development, including frequent communication opportunities, is a primary focus in all classrooms. Students may have limited verbal skills and/or use a variety of augmentative ad alternative communication systems, including iPads, gestures, picture exchange symbols (PECS), or sign language.
In addition to the classrooms on campus, many students participate in educational and social opportunities on nearby comprehensive campuses, including Lee Middle School and Woodland High School. Community based instruction occurs regularly in local stores, parks, and restaurants.