1426 N Quincy St
Arlington, VA 22207
703-228-6000
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Autism Services

Autism Services

Educational Philosophy

Arlington Public Schools (APS) develops programming to serve students with autism based on strategies, interventions, and methodologies that have been shown by scientific research to be effective for students with autism spectrum disorders. The National Professional Development Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders at the University of North Carolina reviews ongoing academic research to publish a list of currently recommended evidence-based practices for teaching students with autism. That list is available at
 

Programming for Students With Autism

APS provides specialized instruction along the full continuum of services, giving support to students in the least restrictive environment, as determined by the IEP committee. Those settings include:

Preschool

    • Community Preschool with Special Education Resource Instruction
    • Cross-categorical special education pre-school classrooms
    • Multi-Intervention Program for Students with Autism (MIPA)

Pre-school Multi-Intervention Program for Students With Autism (Mini MIP-A)

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 MIPA program aligns content-area curricular instruction based on or adapted from the Standards of Learning (SOLs or ASOLs) with evidence-based practices shown to be effective with students with autism. The planned staffing ratio of a MIPA classroom is for one teacher and two assistants for six students.

Students who require countywide programs like MIPA will attend the school closest to their neighborhood school. In the case that the nearest MIPA location is at capacity, the next closest location will be considered.
 
 
Locations
Arlington Traditional
Hoffman Boston
Long Branch
Reed

Elementary

    • Services and classrooms at neighborhood home schools with a range of inclusion and resource-level supports and opportunities
    • Cross-categorical self-contained classrooms at various grade levels with integration opportunities
    • Multi-Intervention Program for Students with Autism (MIPA)
    • Functional Life Skills (FLS) program

Multi-Intervention Program for Students with Autism (MIPA)

 

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 MIPA program aligns content-area curricular instruction based on or adapted from the Standards of Learning (SOLs or ASOLs) with evidence-based practices shown to be effective with students with autism. The planned staffing ratio of a MIPA classroom is for one teacher and two assistants for six students.

Students who require countywide programs like MIPA will attend the school closest to their neighborhood school. In the case that the nearest MIPA location is at capacity, the next closest location will be considered.

 
Locations
Drew 
Hoffman-Boston
Jamestown (2)
Taylor (2)
Long Branch
McKinley
Barrett (2)
 

Secondary

    • Services and classrooms at neighborhood home schools with a range of inclusion and resource-level supports and opportunities
    • Cross-categorical self-contained classrooms at various grade levels with inclusion opportunities
    • Multi-Intervention Program for Students with Autism (MIPA)
    • Functional Life Skills (FLS) program
    • Stratford Program

 Multi-Intervention Program for Students With Autism (Grades 6-8)

Locations  
Kenmore (2)
Williamsburg
Stratford
 

Multi-Intervention Program for Students With Autism (Grades 9-12)

Locations
Wakefield (2)
Stratford
 

Secondary Program for Students with High Functioning Autism

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 require a program that has a focus on the development of social skills and organizational skills, in order to access general education classes.  Students will participate in general education classes per services on the student's IEPs.  Students will receive support with a goal of fostering independence.

Locations
H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program
Jefferson Middle School
Washington-Lee High School
Yorktown High School
 

APS Autism Specialists

 
Deborah Hammer
deborah.hammer@apsva.us 

Staff Resources

·         Angie Close, Supervisor, Special Education, Programming 703-228-6050

·         Child Find, 703-228-2700

·         Laura DePatch, Autism Specialist 703-228-2134

·         Kathleen Donovan, Parent Resource Center, 703-228-2135

·         Ryann Galganowicz, Behavior Specialist, 703-228-2589

·         Deborah Hammer, Autism Specialist, 703-228-2133

·        Keieownna Hightower, Behavior Specialist, 703-228-2586

·         Dr. Patricia Jones, Coordinator, Special Education, 703-228-8630

·         Joyce Kelly, Transition Coordinator, 703-228-6728

·         Parent Infant Education Program - PIE, 703-228-1630

·         Parent Resource Center, 703-228-7239

·      Catherine Thompson, Coordinator, Speech and Language Therapy, 703-228-6045

·         Linda Saiidifar, Transition Coordinator, 703-228-6063

·         Karen Sherman, Transition Coordinator, 703-228-2545

·         Dr. Thomas Sweet, Transition Coordinator, 703-228-6265

 

Last Modified on October 5, 2015
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