An instructional program for students challenged with autism spectrum disorders and other pervasive developmental disabilities with similar characteristics
New Pathways classrooms offer a small, structured environment and are staffed on a two student to one adult ratio, which supports intensive instructional programming, social/behavioral skill development and genralization opportunities, both within the classroom and in the general education environment.
- Program emphasis on providing intensive educational experiences for students to learn and generalize communication, social, behavioral, academic and self-help skills across a variety of settings.
- Instruction is provided primarily in individual/small group settings.
- Program supports include social skills groups, language groups, sensory regulation activities, and adapted physical education.
- Integration opportunities with typically developing peers are available as indicated on the IEP to meet each student’s individual needs. Opportunities range from social activities such as lunch, recesses, and assemblies/classroom celebrations to curricular classes such as specials, calendar/story times, centers and other hands-on classroom activities.
- Community-based experiences and instruction occur throughout the school year.
Curriculum and Services
- Research-based instructional techniques identified as best practices for students on the autism spectrum are employed, including structured teaching, discrete trial training, functional routines, visual systems and supports, assistive technology and social/communication skills instruction, embedded across the students’ day.
- A variety of curricular materials are used for academic and functional skills instruction, and are individualized, based on students’ needs and developmental levels. Examples of currently used instructional tools include: STAR/LINKS Curriculum, Unique Learning Systems, Teachtown, Reading A to Z, Edmark, Touch Math, among others. When appropriate, students access standard curriculum, with accommodations/modifications, as needed.
- Students participate in curriculum-based assessments to inform instruction and monitor progress.
- Team-based programming is emphasized in goal development, instruction and service delivery.
- New Pathways students receive related services necessary to support access to their educational program, as indicated by the IEP for each student.
- Related services are integrated into classroom activities throughout the school day, across environments. Direct and/or consultative services are provided, as appropriate.