Mission: The autism project is a unique collaboration of parents, professionals, and community members who provide quality support, training, and programming to children and adults with an autism spectrum disorder (asd).
Programs: Ap provides consultation services at area schools. Ap's philosophy is to work with school districts to develop safe, supportive learning environments where students with an asd can be educated and learn how to develop socially and emotionally. An array of disciplines and experience is represented during these consultations, including education, special education, occupational therapy, speech and language, positive behavior supports, emotional regulation, and social work. Ap consultants work with school staff to identify areas of concern and to develop a plan of action to support a classroom teacher, teacher assistant, and other facilities personnel. (see schedule o)
ap offers a coordinated system of services and resources to meet the needs of children with asds and extends related services to their families. Ap has 529 slots in their social skills programs and schedules 34 groups per week during the fall session and 18 groups per week during the summer session. Ap offers a variety of groups based on age and interest which are all directed at helping promote skills such as learning group dynamics, social rules, effective peer interactions, communication, expressing emotions, and building daily life skills. These groups accomplish this through theater, art, music and dance, poetry, group discussion, role playing, athletic events and coaching, leadership outreach activities, and play groups. (see schedule o)
ap hosts a variety of training events and series focused on best practices for educating and supporting individuals with an asd and to share the strategies and intervention approaches. During the fiscal year ended september 30, 2014, 145 parents and 1,305 professionals attended the various workshops and training events offered.
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