ACSSSD strives to provide an enriched learning environment to help students with Autism learn, grow, and become the best versions of themselves. This is achieved by addressing our students’ individual educational needs, social and emotional development, communication, sensory integration needs, and behaviors by utilizing a multi-sensory approach to teaching. Academic skills are aligned to NJSLS and are instructed using age-appropriate, ABA-based techniques. Teachers also use a variety of computer-based or interactive learning tools to support academic readiness and skills. In addition to academics, sensory integration and behavioral strategies are incorporated into the daily classroom routine to afford the opportunity for ultimate student engagement. Both traditional and interactive picture symbols serving as schedules and visual aides are utilized to support communication and transition throughout the day.
Each student in the program has an individualized education program (IEP) outlining his or her unique goals and personalized supports. Teachers collaborate with related services providers to provide both, integrated and direct services. Individualized instruction, small group instruction, and experiential learning are components of this program. In addition to specialized instruction, students participate in art, music, and physical education. Most students in these programs participate in the state-mandated Alternative Assessment (DLM).