Disabilities Described – Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism Spectrum Disorder


Students with lifelong developmental difficulties in the areas of communication and social interaction who have repetitive movements, resistant to change and/or have unusual responses to sensory experiences that interfere with the student’s ability to learn at school may fall within the educational definition of autism spectrum disorder.  An educational evaluation will include assessment of academic achievement, functional skills, communication skills, motor skills, sensory responses, social and developmental history, observations and any other assessments necessary to determine eligibility or services.  Programming is designed to the student’s needs such as academic instruction or remediation, social and pragmatic skills, and communication skills.  These students may need to focus on self help skills, daily living skills, sensory regulation, motor development and independence skills.  Services may be on a consultative basis in general education classroom or access a special education class for direct instruction.  Related services, behavioral supports, accommodations and modifications may be provided to support the student’s needs as determined appropriate in the IEP.