The Spectrum Program is a unique program designed to create educational options and interventions, within a regular school environment, for students that meet the diagnostic criteria specified in the revised DSM-5 for Autism Spectrum Disorder; formally categorized as Asperger’s Syndrome or High Functioning Autism. The program targets academically capable students diagnosed with ASD and takes a fresh approach to addressing their needs by both: a) including them in neurotypical academic classes and campus activities, and b) providing concentrated, daily focus on improving our students’ social and real-world functioning skills within the specialized Spectrum Life Skills Program. The Spectrum Program offers the following accommodations: extended time on tests, extended time on large projects, and preferential seating at the front of the room. Our main goal is to provide support to our students in developing executive functioning skills, organization, time management, calendaring, and self advocacy.
Who is a good candidate for the Spectrum Program at New Roads School?
- Students must be able to handle the neurotypical college preparatory academic rigor that New Roads offers at both the middle and upper school levels.
- Our ideal candidate should be within the High Functioning/ Asperger’s realm of the Spectrum
- Students do not have to have an IEP or a formal diagnosis to be accepted into the program.
- Families must be prepared to attend monthly parent meetings, in addition to participating in various Spectrum Program events.
What does the Life Skills Program look like?
Our Life Skills Program takes place during the elective periods of the school day for both the upper school and the middle school programs. Students are mainstreamed with their neurotypical peers for the remainder of the day.
At the upper school, there are four different Life Skills classes that are offered in which students can receive University of California arts and math elective credits. These classes provide an opportunity to work on the following:
- Social, executive functioning, and organizational skills
- Real world experiences for students to navigate both social and academic situations
- Project-based learning
- Individual goals based on their specific needs.