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ERIC Number: EJ856149
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-0040-0599
The ASD Nest Program: A Model for Inclusive Public Education for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Koenig, Kristie P.; Bleiweiss, Jamie; Brennan, Susan; Cohen, Shirley; Siegel, Dorothy E.
TEACHING Exceptional Children, v42 n1 p6-13 Sep-Oct 2009
The rate of children being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) has risen dramatically, to an estimated 1 in 150 children. Under the Individuals With Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA), children with ASD are entitled to a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment. To ensure this, school districts are looking for ways to educate children with ASD that address their core challenges in least restrictive settings. The New York City Department of Education developed the ASD Nest Program to facilitate successful learning in an inclusive classroom. Essential to the success of this program are classroom modifications and a variety of strategies designed to meet the specific academic, behavioral, sensory, and social needs of students with ASD. This article describes the key elements of the ASD Nest model in order to demonstrate how intensive and multi-disciplinary programming can work in a large, urban school district. (Contains 2 tables, 1 figure, and 5 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act