Autism Alternative Education (Step-Up)
Stepping Stones works with schools to provide alternative autism education for elementary, middle and high school students on the autism spectrum who are not succeeding in a traditional school settings. Stepping Stones serves students who have been removed from school because of extreme or violent behaviors and they are thriving in this year-round program.
The Step-Up program enables students to increase communication, social skills, functional academics and functional living skills – while developing acceptable behaviors to fully participate with their family and in the community.
The Step-Up Autism Alternative EducationThe Step-Up program is designed to enable students to increase communication, social skills, functional academic and functional living skills – while developing behaviors to fully participate in family interaction and their community. The goal of the Step-Up program is to provide each student with the tools to transition back to their local district.
Students are placed according to their abilities and focus, rather than by age, to provide compatible goals and an optimal learning environment. The program offers opportunities throughout the school day to develop communication and engage gross and fine motor skills. Activities include karate, visual arts, boating, fishing and swimming (during summer months). The program focus is to meet the student’s IEP goals and develop:
- Functional Academics
- Independent Living Skills
- Vocational Skills
- Behavior Support
The Step-Up program is located on the Stepping Stones Given Campus, a serene, park-like setting with accessible hiking trails. Classes are conducted in a home-like setting in four small buildings with individual rooms and workspaces, bathrooms, kitchens and common areas.
Highly trained staff provide a learning environment designed to create a positive learning experience. Each classroom is led by a licensed teacher. Each student is paired with a 1:1 Educational Aide to support him/her throughout the school day.
Monday through Friday, 8:30 am – 2:30 pm
Who is Eligible?
School-age children diagnosed with a disorder on the autism spectrum and who are experiencing difficultly succeeding in a typical school setting.
Interested in the Step-Up Autism Alternative Education 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 on the Step-Up Autism Alternative Education program, please contact us online or call the Educational Services Director at (513) 965-5118.