Her tantrums have decreased by 95% since coming to Pace Learning CenterPLC Staff
The intimate learning experience at Pace Learning Center allows for close attention to individual needs of students on the Autism Spectrum. Every child is different, but we know that a strong program using Applied Behavior Analysis techniques works well for all students. Pace classrooms maintain a small student/teacher ratio, no more than 2 students for every staff member. Speech, physical and occupational therapy are provided as indicated in the student’s IEP.
In addition to traditional academics, students in the Autism Support Program also receive:
- Social skills training integrated throughout the school day.
- Intensive focus on functional communication skills development.
- Individualized behavior support plans based on functional assessment of behavior that teaches appropriate replacement behaviors.
- Individualized academic programs that build on the learner’s strengths.
- Parent support and educational groups as well as intensive individualized consultation as needed.
- Sensory based activities and sensory integration opportunities throughout the day to help students avoid or eliminate anxiety and stay involved in learning tasks.
- Active participation in Pace’s trauma sensitive environment where tools are modified to meet the unique needs and abilities of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
- Special area instruction including music, art, physical education, daily living skills and information technology.
- A wide variety of arts based activities to expose students to alternate forms of expression and engagement in the creative process individually and in groups.
Verbal Behavior Programming
Students in the Autism Support program who have significant language delays receive intensive educational programming designed to increase their functional language skills. This program, supported by participation in the Pennsylvania Verbal Behavior Initiative, has proven to significantly increase both language acquisition and functional use of language for children on the Autism Spectrum. Through this approach students also gain significant behavior improvement due to application of Applied Behavior Analysis and the ability to express their needs both verbally and non-verbally rather than through disruptive behaviors.
The Verbal Behavior program is supported by a substantial base of evidence to be effective and Pace School programs have seen transformative improvements in our students.