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Complex Needs : Programming for Autism Spectrum Disorders

Complex Needs

Programming for Autism Spectrum Disorders

The majority of students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can be successfully integrated into the community school program with varying levels of support.

Communication, Sensory and Social Interaction Program (CSSI)

The CSSI program is for students who have been diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and who have moderate to severe cognitive disabilities. It is offered to students in grades 1-12.

This program helps students become more independent in their home and community through the development of:

  • communication skills
  • self-help skills
  • basic conceptual skills
  • environmental knowledge
  • community awareness

The curriculum includes developmental and sensory-based activities designed to facilitate growth of the whole child. Instructional accommodations may include the use of assistive technology, augmentative communication systems, and individual and small group instruction. Integration within the school community happens as is appropriate for each individual child. Generally, the ratio of students to staff is 2:1.

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