Autism Spectrum Disorder Classrooms
Pathways and Stepping Stones
Serves elementary age children who have been diagnosed with autism or other autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Participants will also demonstrate needs for a highly structured program that focuses on behavior management. The Pathways program serves students K-6 on the severe to moderate range of the autism spectrum. Stepping Stones serves students K-1 ranging moderate to mild.
The Pathways classroom is located at Edgemont Elementary School. The Stepping Stones program is located at Erickson Elementary School.
Pathways teachers use research-based instruction models, i.e., Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and the TEACCH methodology developed at the University of North Carolina. TEACCH stands for Treatment and Education of Autistic and related Communication Handicapped Children. Students in the classroom follow the Idaho state standards and their Individualized Education Plans. Students attend general education classes and activities usually with appropriate individual support for a portion of the school day. Referral to the Pathways program is made through the consulting special education staff.
ASD Program for Secondary Students (Autism Spectrum Disorder)
This program is designed for secondary students with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (high functioning) whose IEP team has determined that they need moderate supports to help them function with independence at school.
Students who participate in this program meet daily for assistance with organization, emotional support, and re-teaching topics that have been misunderstood. This model provides a delicate balance between support and independence. The program is at Idaho Falls High School.