Autism Program

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    The Autism Program has been part of the Benjamin E. Mays school community since before 2000.  Our staff has a broad range of experience working with children who have Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).  We have four self-contained classrooms which enhance student learning in grades K-5.

    Program Highlights

     Highlights of the autism program include?

    • Curriculum designed to fit the needs of each individual student and focus on their strengths based on Individual Education Plans  (IEP's) using the general education curriculum with differentiation. 
    • A strong team approach between the classrooms to offer enriching and meaningful activities for students at their own level.
    • Collaboration with regular education classrooms for instruction and mainstreaming opportunities providing a wide range of services that can be flexible around changing student needs.
    • Daily music therapy, adaptive gym class and art therapy.
    • Daily sensory opportunities.
    • Daily social skills lessons.
    • Opportunities for occupational therapy and speech services based upon student needs.
    • Integration of technology into daily instruction including laptops, smart boards, iPad and more.
    • Community interaction opportunities for students to apply social skills in real-life settings (grocery store, public library, restaurants, field trips, etc.)


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Focus of Study

  • Students receive differentiated instruction in:

    • Readers Workshop
    • Writers Workshop
    • Math
    • Primary Years Programme Units
    • Social Skills Instruction
    • Personal Care Skills
    • Functional Skills

    Additional services may include: Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language, Adaptive Physical Education, Social Work, and Music Therapy.