1426 N Quincy St
Arlington, VA 22207
703-228-6000
Thursday, April 02, 2015

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 an 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 Autism (PAC) class has a max of 6 students, 1 special education teacher, and 2 paraprofessional

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 "home" school (or LRE). In the case that the home school is at capacity, the next closest school will be considered.
 
Locations
Arlington Traditional
Hoffman Boston
Long Branch
Reed

Pre-Kindergarten Autism Class (PAC)

The Pre-Kindergarten Autism Class (PAC) is an intensive special education program for students with autism who have significant deficits in communication and social interactions. Students in this program require extensive direct instruction in order to support positive behavior and classroom readiness. This program utilizes an instructional approach that focuses primarily on discrete trial training, pivotal response training and functional routines.

Location - Hoffman-Boston Elementary School
School Hours - 9:00 a.m. - 3:41 p.m.

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 Spectrum Disorder (MIPA) 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 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 "home" school (or LRE). In the case that the home school is at capacity, the next closest school will be considered.
 
Locations
Drew 
Hoffman-Boston
Jamestown (2) *2nd class 2015-2016 SY]
Taylor (2)
Long Branch
McKinley
Barrett (2) *New 2015-2016 SY
 
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 integration 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 School Program for Students with 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, 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 support in designated classes as needed with a goal of fostering independence.

SPSA Program Guidelines and Checklist:
 
 
Locations
H-B Woodlawn
Jefferson
Washington-Lee
Yorktown
 

APS Autism Specialists and Assignments

     * Subject to change

Laura Depatch
laura.depatch@apsva.us
Deborah Hammer
deborah.hammer@apsva.us
Joshua Taylor
joshua.taylor@apsva.us
 Barcroft*(1)  Abingdon* (2)  Ashlawn
 Campbell  ASF  ATS* (1)
 Carlin Springs  Career Center *(PEP)  Barrett
 Drew*(1)  Claremont  Glebe
 Gunston  HB Woodlawn*(2)  Kenmore*(2)
 Hoffman Boston*(3)  Henry  Key
 Jamestown*(1)  Jefferson*(1)  Long Branch* (2)
 Little Beginnings (PIP)  Langston  McKinley*(1)
 Oakridge  Stratford*(2)  Nottingham
 Reed*(1)  Wakefield* (2)  Randolph
 Swanson  Yorktown*(1)  Taylor*(2)
 Tuckahoe    Washington-Lee*(2)
 Williamsburg*(1)    
* County-wide autism-specific program

Staff Resources

·         Wendy Carria, 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

·         Dr. Kathy Heer, Behavior Specialist, 703-228-2599

·         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

·         Elaine Porter, 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, 703-228-6255

·         Joshua Taylor, Autism Specialist, 703-228-6151