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Autism Classroom

At SVSNS, we are dedicated to providing the highest quality of services to children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Instruction for students with autism is guided by the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to reinforce desired behaviors which will ultimately help our students grow and gain new skills.

In our Autism classroom, we have placed our emphasis on creating individualized and functional programing that incorporates the use of powerful and motivating reinforcement systems. By doing so, our students can effectively communicate and understand what is expected of them. Our belief is that every student is capable of learning and every interaction we have with a student is an opportunity to teach and learn.

Our state-of-the-art Autism classroom consists of two private learning areas, the Snoezelen room, an Activities of Daily Living room, a kitchenette, a private bathroom with a shower and the main community room. All areas are designed for one-on-one learning to help promote communication and functional independent skills. Our unique Snoezelen multi-sensory room was developed, as a learning environment, to address sensory needs, increase functional communication, develop fine and gross motor skills, de-escalate inappropriate behaviors, and increase overall desired behaviors.

SVSNS has recently purchased the all-encompassing Autism Curriculum Encyclopedia, or ACE for short, from our neighbors at The New England Center for Children. This outstanding web-based curriculum was designed using applied behavior analytic procedures to help evaluate student performance and offer suggestions for IEP goals and objectives. The ACE has an interactive database which is completely customizable including student specific graphic interpretations of daily performance.

Our Autism classroom, Snoezelen room and the ACE are just a few ways that we at SVSNS strive to address the special and unique needs of our students.

Stay up to date with new information, tips and encouragement from other families experiencing similar ups and downs while learning about autism spectrum disorders by following our blog at www.stvincentsautism.com.

Call (203) 386-2732 for more information about Autism Services.