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The Superintendent’s Autism Intensive Communication Academy is a Specialized Individualized Program for students with Autism who are on a Modified Curriculum who demonstrate significant language and communication difficulties. The program utilizes visual supports and a variety of communication tools to help the students succeed academically and socially. The use of technology is integrated throughout the student’s day.
- Computer Based Instruction involves the use of computer technology (e.g., iPADs, tablets, promethean board) and/or computerized programs for teaching language skills, including vocabulary, social skills, social understanding, and social problem solving.
Individuals with Autism have unique needs, with respect to learning independence and self-advocacy, due to their challenges with social interaction and verbal and nonverbal communication. Teachers and Speech Pathologists contribute to the independence and self-advocacy of individuals with ASD by ensuring everyone has a functional communication system (including AAC) and by supporting communication in different social settings with a variety of partners to promote generalization of skills.
- Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) involves supplementing or replacing natural speech and/or writing with aided (e.g., Picture Exchange Communication System [PECS], line drawings, speech generating devices, and tangible objects) and/or unaided (e.g., manual signs, gestures, and finger spelling) symbols.
- Activity Schedules/Visual Supports include objects, photographs, drawings, or written words that act as cues or prompts to help individuals complete a sequence of tasks/activities, attend to tasks, transition from one task to another, or behave appropriately in various settings. Written and/or visual prompts that initiate or sustain interaction are called scripts. Scripts are often used to promote social interaction but can also be used in a classroom setting to facilitate academic interactions and promote academic engagement.