Step Up Autism Alternative Education
Stepping Stones’ Step Up Autism Alternative Education Program was founded in 2004 as the first of its kind in the region.
In this unique program, we partner with Greater Cincinnati public schools to provide an alternative education placement for students who are unable to succeed in a typical classroom setting. Stepping outside their home school district, students of Step Up continue their studies at Stepping Stones’ Indian Hill location.
Students receive the tools they need to successfully navigate academic studies, transition into adulthood and more fully participate in their community.
STEP UP CURRICULUM:Placed by abilities and level of focus, each student receives a learning plan that is designed to meet IEP goals and develop:
- Academic Skills
- Self-Regulation and Social Emotional Skills
- Communication Skills for Positive Social Interactions
- Independent Living Skills
- Vocational Skills
PROGRAM LOCATIONStep Up operates on Stepping Stones’ Given Campus in Indian Hill. The 23-acre property offers a sensory-friendly learning environment with accessible hiking trails, gardening spaces, a lake for waterfront activities and wildlife.
Stepping Stones offers placement across 5 classroom settings for students in grades K-12+, as well as a Work Center and Mock Apartment for use program wide.
PROGRAM STAFFOur staff are highly trained to safely provide a positive learning environment. Each classroom is led by a licensed teacher and students are matched with a 1:1 educational aide to support him or her throughout the school day.
PROGRAM TIMEStep Up is a year-round learning program, operating Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm
WHO IS ELIGIBLEPlease review the criteria for placement in the Step Up program.
INTERESTED IN THE STEP UP PROGRAM?If you feel a student would benefit from our Step Up program, contact the team at his or her current school district to discuss an alternative placement at Stepping Stones.
School administrators can arrange a program tour for eligible parents and students by contacting Educational Services Director Megan Macy.