Autism-Specific Programming That Focuses on Students’ Ability to Generalize Skills Acquisition into Natural Environments
Autism is not a predictable or uniform disability—it presents differently in every child—so there’s no “one size fits all” approach to autism education. Catapult Learning Schools’ research-based, student-centered programming has been designed to meet each student at his or her individual ability levels, employing multisensory instructional methodologies and adapting our teaching strategies to the learning style of the student instead of expecting the student to adapt to a predetermined curriculum.
Focused Program Goals
Our BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst)–supervised autism program, delivered via a rotational model of instruction, combines established, empirically based treatment protocols (such as ABA) with leading-edge advancements in the areas of foundational language skills and motor capabilities to foster positive emotional growth; to increase academic, language, and behavioral competencies; and to augment innate proficiencies. Concentrating our efforts on communication, behavior, and social skills deficits, our prime objective for all students is to empower their independence and their ability to productively interact in mainstream social settings.
Two Educational Tracks
Depending on each student’s current level of communication development, we implement the most appropriate educational track:
- Academic Model – for students with a developed means of communication; featuring behavior management program that emphasizes self-regulation skills, district-aligned academic curriculums, academic assessments, and integrated technology
- Language Model – for students who have not yet developed a functional means of communication; featuring self-help and life skills, motor lab, individualized activity schedules, vocational training, DTT, and NET