Advancing Student Success

Autism Spectrum Disorder Program

LifeWorks Autism Academy is a licensed private academic school that provides research-based applied behavioral analysis and educational programs to students in middle and high school identified with:

  • Autism spectrum diagnosis
  • Intellectual and developmental disabilities

The Academy provides a research-based applied behavioral and educational program for students in grades six through 12 who are identified as having autism spectrum disorders.

Our caring and well-trained team of professionals tailors each student’s educational experience and strategic interventions to achieve success in academic achievement, language abilities, social development and behavioral functioning. The goal for each student is to return him or her back to their mainstreamed school environment with the skills necessary for success.

LifeWorks Academy’s behavior improvement system is guided by the principles of applied behavior analysis and positive behavior supports. Upon admission, every student receives a Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) that includes collecting information across settings to identify target behaviors, identify antecedent events, and to identify the function or purpose of the behavior. This information assists our team in developing a hypothesis about the behavior and subsequently leads to the team creating a Behavioral Intervention Plan (BIP).

The ultimate goal of the BIP is to identify strategies that will eliminate off task, disruptive, self injurious behavior, aggressive and non compliant behaviors that interfere with the child’s opportunity to acquire and produce academic and social skills acceptable in the community and school environment.  Through direct and frequent measurement, we celebrate each student’s success in attaining their goals which enhances their life over time.

 

High-functioning Program Highlights

  • The use of applied behavior analysis and positive behavior supports is an integral part of our program.
  • Multi-level positive reinforcement interventions are used throughout the day, with a focus on antecedent strategies.
  • Sensory integration is stressed and sensory breaks are delivered throughout the day.
  • Monthly field trips to help educate and practice skills in the community.
  • Community-based instruction
  • A dedicated school counselor is available for individual and group sessions as well as case management.
  • Michelle Garcia Winner Social Thinking Curriculum utilized
  • Small staff-to-student ratios
  • Board Certified Behavior Analysts
  • Certified Special Education teachers with experience in Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA) and Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP)
  • Computer lab, technology-assisted learning, access to smart board
  • Gymnasium, fitness room and sports court
  • Art program
  • Speech, occupational and physical therapy
  • Extended School Year program (ESY)

 

Life Skills Program Highlights

Students will follow a “Life Skills” curriculum that emphasizes:

  • Language and communication skills
  • Social skills
  • Self-care skills
  • Functional academics
  • Vocational training

Students participate in a variety of functional and meaningful activities in order to enhance their ability to live and work more independently. Community-based instruction will be used to reinforce academic and functional skills acquired within the classroom setting. Students will gain the functional life skills that are essential to becoming active participants within their home, school, work, and community environments.

Language and Communication

  • Receptive Language
  • Expressive Language
  • Descriptive Language

Social Skills

  • Social Interaction (engaging in activities with others, eye contact, conversational skills)
  • Group Behavior (sitting with others, attending and acquiring new skills while in a group, following group instructions, turn taking)

Self-Care Skills

  • Personal Care Skills
  • Independent Living Skills
  • Health Management

Functional Academics

  • Functional Math: basic math, money skills, time, measurement
  • Functional Language Arts: reading, comprehension, vocabulary, spelling, writing, typing

Vocational Training

  • Pre-Vocational Skills
  • Employability Skills
  • Job Sampling (to occur at both on- and off-campus worksites)
  • Community Based Instruction 2-3 times per week