Autism is the fastest-growing developmental disorder in the United States. The latest statistics estimate that as many as 1 in 88 students fall somewhere along the spectrum (with boys four times as likely to have autism as girls), and the growth rate is only expected to rise, by 10%–17% annually.* The spectrum includes the following classifications of autism:
- Autism / Autistic Disorder
- Asperger’s Syndrome
- PDD-NOS (Pervasive Development Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified)
- CDD (Childhood Disintegrative Disorder)
- Rett Syndrome
To meet the pressing need for customized education services for children with autism spectrum disorders, SESI continues to expand the autism education programming at our existing schools and to regularly open new autism education centers within our nationwide network. We currently offer three different tiers of autism education service to accommodate different levels of disorder intensity at select sites:**
Full schools dedicated exclusively to teaching children with autism spectrum disorders—including those on the spectrum with the most intense needs—run by qualified autism professionals.
Individual classrooms reserved for teaching children with autism spectrum disorders within a SESI school, for mild to moderate autism cases.
Enrollment of high-functioning children with autism spectrum disorders in a SESI special needs school, when IEP requirements can be fully satisfied within our established education model.
A stand-alone, customizable life skills curriculum delivered on the premises of a public or charter school in a SESI-designated classroom(s), consisting of a six-pronged approach to life skills training: (1) coursework; (2) staff support; (3) vocational training; (4) behavioral and social skills; (5) community immersion; and (6) independent living instruction. This option is ideal for individual schools or school districts that want to fulfill IEP calls for independent living skills education in students’ home schools.
An integral part of SESI’s mission is to share our expertise with fellow educators of students with autism spectrum disorders so that, together, we can help improve their future prospects. As such, we offer a wide range of professional development opportunities, training options, and consulting specialty areas that equip our clients with tools and techniques that are most effective with difficult-to-educate populations and that enhance the overall school experience for faculties and students alike. (Click here for more information)
**Not all SESI schools offer the same level of autism programming. Current available services depend on
specific school site, number and age range of students enrolled, and autism classification. Learn more
about our different ASD service options or contact us for information on program specifics and curricular
components at our various sites en route to determining the best and most suitable placement per child.