Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Programs
The ASD Horizon Program offers intensive intervention to students on the Autism Spectrum who are experiencing a moderate degree of challenge with social, behavioral, and communication development. In collaboration with a clinical consultant from the New England Center for Children (NECC) and as ASD coach, classroom staff and related service personnel work together to provide individualized and targeted interventions designed to maximize each student’s level of social and behavioral functioning. Services are based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and are adjusted to meet the needs of each student in the program.
The Horizon classroom is a self-contained classroom nestled in a community school. The program integrates the Autism Curriculum Encyclopedia (ACE)©, developed by NECC, and grade level curriculum currently utilized in New York City public schools by the students’ general education peers. Reading and math instruction mirror the grade-level general education curriculum. When appropriate, related services are provided in the classroom setting. Maximizing opportunities to learn alongside their typical peers, Horizon students may participate in the general education environment for academic subjects and participate in social groups with their typical peers as appropriate.
ASD NESTThe ASD Nest Program serves students with ASD and typically developing students in a reduced class-size Integrated Co-Teaching (ICT) model, with one special education teacher and one general education teacher. As students get older, the class size increases, as does the ratio of students with autism to typically developing students. There is no classroom paraprofessional in this model.
For more information regarding these programs click here: ASD Programs Family Resource Guide
Contact the NYC Department of Education’s ASD Nest program team at:
[email protected] or call either (718) 391-6872, (718) 391-6830