CUSTOMIZED AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER
Our customized Autism Spectrum Disorder programs are responsive to the needs of our students, parents, and professional colleagues. Our supports are dynamic and change as our students’ needs evolve. We apply authentic learning experiences to assist in the generalization of new skills to one’s everyday repertoire.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can be characterized by deficits in social interaction and communication skills. Because deficits in language skills and understanding others may be present, individuals diagnosed with ASD may demonstrate deficits in comprehending oral and/or written communication, reasoning skills, problem solving, and organizational tasks, as well as being able to accurately read social cues and the perspective of others. Rather than adopting these skills naturally, individuals diagnosed with ASD may benefit from explicit 1:1 instruction and coaching to focus and strengthen skills such as self-awareness, self-advocacy, organization, help-seeking, self-care, and interpersonal skills. Rather than following a set curriculum to teach language and social communication skills, New Frontiers in Learning utilizes a cognitive modeling approach, supporting individuals diagnosed with ASD to identify areas of skill deficit unique to their experiences as a learner in order to develop skills and systems to succeed in areas where they are directly struggling.
How it Works
New Frontiers in Learning customizes our programming by assisting individuals to respond to their daily responsibilities and needs with thought out solutions. Individuals and their coaches identify problems and then create solutions together. The coaches help individuals develop, follow through, and assess their strategies for tackling problems. Our coaches are readily available outside of sessions to help individuals with problems as they are occurring.
Students can opt for one-on-one, customized programs, anywhere from 1 to 5 hours per week, or group instruction at a fixed schedule at one of our offices. The students follow a set schedule developed between the student and their coach. Students have the option of utilizing one of our regional offices for their customized program, or they conduct their session virtually from anywhere.
What They Will Learn
As the name suggests, each customized program is unique to the student. New Frontiers in Learning focuses on 5 critical areas in which individuals need to be proficient for success in the real world: foundational academics, executive functioning, social communication, independence, and self-advocacy. After an initial assessment, our coaches will work with the individual on the critical areas that need the most help. New Frontiers assists students in developing skills in all of these areas based on their individual learning profile.
Individuals tend to start with us with a list of problematic areas to focus on. As our relationships develop, our coaches help individuals identify areas that they didn’t know were problematic. We guide individuals through the process of self-reflection, assisting them in developing the necessary skills to react to their environments and develop life-long problem solving skills.