1426 N Quincy St
Arlington, VA 22207
Monday, July 28, 2014

Autism Services

Autism Services

Educational Philosophy

When Arlington Public Schools develops programming to serve some of our students with Autism, we consider a wide variety of methods. The special programming developed includes strategies from some of the popular methodologies. Some methodologies that are commonly used include Applied Behavior Analysis, TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and Related Communication Handicapped Children), Floor Time, Sensory Processing Support, Discrete Trial Training, Verbal Behavior and Picture Exchange Communication System. Summary of Methodologies - Click Here
ASD Consult form for ASD services - Click Here
Guidelines for Educating Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (PDF) - Click Here
Autism Spectrum Disorders and the Transition to Adulthood (PDF) - Click Here

Programming for Students With Autism

  • Community Preschool with Special Education Resource Instruction
  • Neighborhood Schools with a wide range of inclusion opportunities
  • Cross-categorical self-contained classrooms at various grade levels with integration opportunities for ages 2-22
  • Multi-Intervention Program for Students with Autism (MIP-A) for students grades preschool-8.
  • Pre-school Autism class has a max of 6 students, 1 special education teacher, and 2 instructional assistants
  • Functional Life Skills program for children with various disabilities focusing on personal, academic and career needs for individual students
  • Stratford Program for students grades 6 and up with a focus on personal, academic, transition, functional life skills and career goals.
  • Summer Communication and Behavior Intervention program for grades preschool-5  

APS Autism Coordinators and Assignments

          Autism Directory - Click Here
Laura Depatch
Deborah Hammer
Joshua Taylor
ASFAbingdon* (2)
Carlin Springs
Drew*(1)Career Center
ATS* (1)
Hoffman Boston*(3)HB Woodlawn* (2)
Long Branch* (2)
Washington-Lee* (1)
Williamsburg* (1)

Taylor* (2)
* = ASD county-wide program(s) is located at this school

Multi-Intervention Program for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (MIP-A) Methodologies

The Multi-Intervention Program for Students with Autism is designed to meet the needs of certain students with Autism. The goal of the program is to improve communication, on-task behavior, independent life skills, and the ability to relate to others. The program uses a variety of strategies within a highly structured setting to prepare students to transition to less restrictive settings. The secondary program aligns the functional academics/life skills curriculum with instructional strategies described in peer-reviewed research as being effective with this population of students.
Countywide Application - Click Here
Students who require countywide programs like MIPA will attend the school closest to their neighborhood "home" school. In the case that the home school is at capacity, the next closest school will be considered.
  • Direct Instruction - systematic, comprehensive, and structured instruction to implement educational goals and objectives
  • Total Communication Approach to Instruction - providing a multitude of communication opportunities to improve receptive, expressive, and pragmatic language skills
  • Sensory Motor - addressing the vestibular, proprioceptive, tactile, auditory, visual, and movement needs of each student
  • Facilitated Play/Leisure Development - addressing the social, play, and leisure needs of each student

Pre-Kindergarten Autism Class (PAC)

The Pre-Kindergarten Autism Class (PAC) is an intensive special education program for students ages three to four who have significant deficits in communication and social interactions as a result of autism. Students in this program require extensive direct instruction due to interfering behaviors. This program utilizes an instructional approach that focuses on discrete trial training, pivotal response training and functional routines.

Students in this program are taught by a special educator and teacher assistant(s) with support from a speech and occupational therapist. Weekly support is provided by one of the country’s autism coordinators. There is a maximum of 6 students with 2 students to 1 adult ratio. Services are provided primarily in a self-contained special education setting with opportunities for integration based on individual student needs.

Curriculum is focused in the six curricular areas of receptive language, expressive language, spontaneous language, functional routines, academics, and play & social skills. There is extensive data collection and the use of STARs, a research based curriculum.

Location - Hoffman-Boston Elementary School
School Hours - 9:00 a.m. - 3:41 p.m.
Multi-Intervention Program for Students With Autism (Mini MIP-A)
         Location                                   School Hours
         Arlington Traditional                    8:25 a.m - 3:06 p.m.
         Hoffman-Boston                         9:00 a.m. - 3:41 p.m.
         Long Branch                              8:25 a.m - 3:06 p.m.
         Reed                                         8:00 a.m. - 2:41 p.m.
Multi-Intervention Program for Students With Autism (Grades K-5)
         Location                                    School Hours
         Abingdon (2 Classes)                   8:00 a.m - 2:41 p.m.
         Barcroft                                       9:00 a.m. - 3:41 p.m.
         Drew                                           9:00 a.m. - 3:41 p.m.
         Hoffman-Boston                           9:00 a.m. - 3:41 p.m.
         Jamestown                                  9:00 a.m. - 3:41 p.m.
         Taylor                                         9:00 a.m. - 3:41 p.m.
         Long Branch                               8:25 a.m - 3:06 p.m
Secondary School Program for Students with Autism (Asperger’s)
This program is designed to provide specially designed instruction to middle and high school students who have a special education eligibility classification of Autism and characteristics of Asperger’s Disorder per the DSM-IV. The program will focus on the development of social skills, organizational skills, and a challenging academic experience. Students will integrate into general education classes per services on the IEP and are instructed on grade-level SOL curriculum. Students will receive assistant support in designated classes as needed with a goal of fostering independence.
Countywide Application - Click Here
         Location                                     School Hours
         H-B Woodlawn
                                     9:24 a.m. - 4:06 p.m.
         Jefferson                                     7:50 a.m. - 2:24 p.m.
         Washington-Lee                        8:19 am- 3:01 p.m.
         Yorktown                                   8:19 am- 3:01 p.m.
Process for Consideration of APS - Secondary School Program for Students with Autism (Aspergers) Click Here

Multi-Intervention Program for Students With Autism (Grades 6-8) 
         Location                                     School Hours
         Kenmore (2 Classes)                    7:50 a.m. - 2:24 p.m.
         Williamsburg                                7:50 a.m. - 2:24 p.m.
Multi-Intervention Program for Students With Autism (Grades 9-12) 
         Location                                School Hours
         Wakefield                                8:19 a.m. - 3:01 p.m.
         Stratford (Grades 6-12)             9:15 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.                              
Staff Resources

  • Wendy Carria, Supervisor, Special Education, 703-228-6050
  • Laura DePatch, Autism Coordinator, 703-228-2134
  • Joshua Taylor, Autism Coordinator, 703-228-6151
  • Deborah Hammer, Autism Coordinator, 703-228-2133
  • Keieownna Hightower Behavior Specialist, 703-228-2586
  • Kathleen Donovan, Parent Resource Center, 703-228-2135
  • Dr. Kathy Heer, Behavior Specialist, 703-228-2599
  • Dr. Patricia Jones, Coordinator, Special Education, 703-228-8630
  • Ryann Galganowicz, Behavior Specialist, 703-228-2589
  • Elaine Porter, Coordinator, Speech and Language Therapy, 703-228-6045
  • Child Find, 703-228-2700
  • Parent Infant Education Program - PIE, 703-228-1630
  • Parent Resource Center, 703-228-7239
  • Joyce Kelly, Transition Coordinator, 703-228-6728
  • Karen Sherman, Transition Coordinator, 703-228-2545
  • Thomas Sweet, Transition Coordinator, 703-228-6255