We know at Heartland Academy treatment of Spectrum Disorders is essential to maximize the potential of the child on the Autistic Spectrum. Numerous techniques have been written about and recommended for teaching students with Spectrum Disorders; because the spectrum ranges from severe impairments to odd social approaches, no single answer is effective for all students.
Approaches to Spectrum Disorders
We utilize the Developmental Individual Difference Relationship-based (DIR) model. The DIR methodology, developed by Dr. Stanley Greenspan and Dr. Serena Wieder, proceeds from the core belief that relationships are the foundation of learning. At Heartland Academy, we consider the variations in individual motor and sensory processing systems and tailor each student’s program to his or her specific needs.
There is no “one-size-fits-all” for individuals with autism in relating and communicating. Each student has unique strengths to be developed and limitations to be remediated. Our goal is to fit our program to each individual. In addition to the DIR model, we will actively search for other programs to best suit the student.
Our goal is to fit our program to each individual.
We provide students with a comprehensive therapeutic program in a real school environment that enhances their life experiences. Our enrichment program reflects mainstream private school offerings in math, science, reading, history, information technology, physical education, art, and music. We provide the related services of speech, occupational therapy, physical therapy and counseling as appropriate. The curriculum incorporates academics, social and life skills training, sensory integration and behavior modification.
Spectrum Disorders and Your Student
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