Autism Alternative Education (Step-Up)
Stepping Stones works with schools to provide an alternative education for elementary, middle school and high school students on the autism spectrum who are not succeeding in a traditional school setting. Students who have been removed from school because of extreme or violent behaviors are thriving in this new year-round program.
The program is designed to enable students to increase communication, social skills, functional academics, and functional living skills while developing acceptable behaviors so they may participate more fully in family interaction and community. The goal of the program is to provide each student with the tools to transition back to their community school district.
The program is located on the Stepping Stones Given campus, a serene, park-like setting with hiking trails. Classes are conducted in a home-like setting in three small buildings with individual rooms, or individual workspaces, bathrooms, kitchens and common areas.
An individual educational assistant supports each student. Each building has a teacher for supervision, guidance and instruction. Students have daily schedules that can be flexible due to one-on-one support.
Instructional activities include independent work systems, direct teaching and small group instruction. The student day includes indoor and outdoor activities, walking, playground, or gym activity. Art and music are offered weekly.
Step-Up teachers work in collaboration with each student’s home school district when developing and carrying out I.E.P.’s, alternate assessments and behavior plans. Home school districts provide consultative services to teachers and to students when specified in the I.E.P.
Who is eligible?
School-age children diagnosed with a disorder on the autism spectrum and who are experiencing difficulty succeeding in a typical school setting.
Interested in this program?
Contact the child’s school principal to discuss Step-Up as an alternate placement. The school can arrange a tour of Step-Up for parents of children who are eligible.
For more information about our Autism Alternative Education program please contact us online or call (513) 965-5118.