ERIC Number: ED406114
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
A Local School Model for Teaching Students with PDD and Autism.
Renew, Frank C., Jr.
This paper describes a proposed model for providing educational services to students with autism and other pervasive developmental disorders (PDD). The model was developed by special education administrators in response to significant increases in the number of students diagnosed with PDD. Services that are necessary to support a classroom for students with autism and PDD include early diagnosis and intervention, discrete-trial teaching techniques, sensory integration activities, parent involvement and support, inclusive opportunities with peers, intensive language and socialization training, and training in generalization skills. The proposed model would include weekly staff training sessions, which would also incorporate student progress reviews and three prescheduled individualized educational plan meetings for each student during the school year. A home-based support component would include an "after school" or community-based recreation program to enable students to practice social and language skills; monthly family support groups to encourage parents to address emotional issues regarding autism; weekly training sessions for family members on teaching, parenting, and behavior management techniques; 2 hours of daily home-based tutoring; coordination between home and school in order to encourage communication between parents and school staff and monitor student progress; assistance to family members and school staff on locating information and resources on autism; and extended school year or summer programs to provide additional learning and social opportunities for autistic children. (LP)
Descriptors: After School Programs, Educational Needs, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Involvement, Family Programs, Family School Relationship, Home Programs, Models, Parent Education, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Program Design, Social Support Groups, Special Education, Staff Development, Training
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Promoting Progress in Times of Change: Rural Communities Leading the Way; see RC 020 986.