Primary Autistic Program
The Primary Autistic Class provides services for children ages 5–9 who are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The program utilizes a multi-disciplinary approach with individualization provided for the specific needs of each student. Areas of emphasis are Language, Social Skills, Academics and Behavior. Therapies (Speech, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Counseling) are provided as determined by the child’s IEP. The students regularly participate in a variety of activities in and outside of the classroom. There is a daily walking program and yoga session as well
as individual sensory diets and sensory stimulation available to aid in the student’s ability to self regulate. Ms. Frinzi’s classroom runs on a team approach. Parents are involved as much or as little as they desire. There is a joint parent group with the intermediate class one time per month. The parent group runs year round and provides education, information, and support to parents in the WCSSSD Autistic Spectrum Programs. The primary autistic program utilizes speech, sign language, picture communication systems (PECS), augmentative communicators and Aided Language Stimulation (ALS). The Speech Therapist designs classroom and individual programs for the students and trains all staff working in the room to ensure uniformity and consistency. Academic instruction is provided in one-on-one and/or small group settings. Instruction is determined by the IEP and follows the New Jersey Guidelines for Core Curriculum Content Standards. A variety of teaching techniques are utilized such as discrete trial training, modeling, fading, chaining and shaping. Inclusion in General Education classes is provided when deemed appropriate and beneficial to the child.