Autism Friendly School

Care4Autism School is a non-profit, non-public school, registered by the Registrar of Society, Govt. of AP. Care4Autism School serves students ages 2 -22 who live with moderate to severe Autism, with a specific emphasis on non-verbal students and those with especially challenging behaviors and communication disorders.

The CARE4AUTISM Approach

At the heart of the Care4Autism (CFA) model is our vision for every student to develop the ability to self-regulate, to relate and to communicate. As a result, the CFA teaching philosophy is based on student-centered, social-emotional learning. This affect-based philosophy distinguishes the CFA program from many others that serve the Autism population.
 

Care4Autism implements a multidisciplinary team approach to learning. This team includes:

  • The Parents
  • The Student
  • An Instructional Aide
  • A Special Education Teacher
  • Behavior Support Personnel
  • An Occupational Therapist
  • A Speech and Language Pathologist

School Curriculum

Care4Autism employs an interdisciplinary approach that respects each individual’s motivation and desire to learn. The curriculum is taught in large groups, in small groups, and one-on-one and allows us to focus on each child’s needs as determined through the Individual Education Plan (IEP) goals and objectives.

Our program educates the whole person both in and beyond the classroom:
  • Sensory strategies help each student make her way through the world
  • Functional academics include math, science, history, and language arts
  • Employable and vocational skills are also emphasized
  • Music, art, and fitness round out the curriculum
  • Community skills, or how a student interacts and understands the wider community, are developed with regular trips into the community in Care4Autism-owned vans
  • Care4Autism is also an innovative leader in the use of technology and video to supplement a student’s program.

Measurable Assessments

The Care4Autism treatment methodology is reinforced by unique measurable, replicable assessments that focus on the functional development of an individual through all stages of life.
  • Our behavioral interventions are data-driven and are updated regularly to reflect current data
  • Functional analysis of behavior allow us to tailor each student’s behavioral program to meet the student’s specific behavioral needs.
  • We use video tracking to follow each student’s progress and illustrate the met goals of a student’s IEP

Care4Autism School Building

In June 2013, Care4Autism relocated to its own privately owned 12,000 Sft facility designed around the special needs of the Autism population. Creating the building from the ground up allowed special design elements such as natural lighting, precision climate control, and flexible therapy space—an energy efficient and natural environment that is consistent with green initiatives and supports the sensory needs of Care4Autism students.

Typical Schedule

  • 9:30: Arrival
  • 9:45: Walk/P.E.
  • 10:00: Morning meeting
  • 10:15: Goal work
  • 10:30: Recess / Snack / Sensory
  • 11:00: Therapy
  • 11:30: Math Class/Language Arts
  • 12:00: Lunch / Recess / Sensory
  • 1:00: History/Science/Art
  • 1:30: Therapy
  • 2:00: Therapy
  • 2:30: Therapy
  • 3:15 - 3:30 Dismissal
 
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