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Our Program

The WRAP Autism Center was created to provide educational services for low-to-moderate functioning children, between the ages of 10 and 16, diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder or other spectrum-like disorders.

As the mom of a child with Autism, I've noticed a couple of things:

  • As my child ages in autism, resources have become extremely scarce
  • Some autism-related educational programs geared towards children over the age of 10 are primarily focused on community-related skills only.
  • The word behavior is so unneccesarily polarized that it strikes fear in some parents and therapists, alike.
  • Some autism-related educational programs are trying to teach Autistic children to be typical instead of teaching Autistic children typical skills.

With this in mind, I decided to start-up and now manage WRAP Autism Center.

At WRAP, we have grouped our primary goals into projects which gives us a better opportunity to focus and plan, allowing us to "see" our next steps.

The LCG Project

The LCG project (or the Language, Comprehenstion and Generalization project) is focused on language production and extension, word and language comprehension and the generalization of skills. Our program uses varying evidence-based approaches, at different levels, as the student progresses.

For example, the subset of children we are focusing on use one-to-three, maybe four word phrases to communicate wants and needs. To add, if the child is "reading", it is mostly visual without understanding (i.e. the child can read "The dog is black " but when prompted, the child can't successfully locate the dog and/or successfully identify the color of the dog).

To teach the foundational reading and comprehension skills, we use the Oelwein methodology which incorporates all styles of learning: visual, kinesthetic, auditory and digital or spoken expressed communication. Although this method was originally created for children diagnosed with Down-Syndrome, much success has been found when using this approach with Autistic children. As reading comprehension occurs and words are generalized, we then move to other programs like Language for Learners and/or PCI Reading.

The "Let's Be Social" Project

Social groups are key tools that can be used to help acquire appropriate social skills, improve social interactions and increase communication. Due to this, we have created a series of social groups focused on:

  • Conversation skills
  • Friendship skills
  • Problem-solving
  • Emotion recognition
  • Motor planning

Evidence shows that these focus areas help improve interaction skills such as initiation, responding, maintaining, greeting, giving/accepting compliments, turn taking, sharing, asking for help and offering help.

At WRAP Autism Center, inclusive and group learning is core to your child's program. Socialization is so important that we've launched our own initiative called the "Let's Be Social" project.

Click on the Social Group Events tab for more information and registration.

So how do we do this?

Our program model

At WRAP Autism Center, two of the most commonly used words are relevancy and success. Our belief is that for this particular subset of children, relevant skills and goals must be introduced first, and mastered, before abstract targets can be introduced. To add, we truly believe that children must feel successful in order to be successful.

Our daily program is broken into two groups: Skills Acquisition and Discovery Learning.

  • Skills Acquisition
  • Skills acquisition is done during the first part of the day. During skills acquisition, the instructional strategy used is errorless teaching which ensures that your child will always respond correctly. The theory is that children with autism do not learn as successfully from their mistakes as typical children may, but instead continue to repeat the mistakes. Frustration associated with incorrect responses can provoke problem behavior such as tantrums and aggression. Using this strategy helps reduce the opportunity of this occuring.

  • Discovery Learning
  • Discovery learning occurs during the second part of the day. During discovery learning, the strategy used is errorless learning which ensures that your child will not fail at a given task by helping your child along until the help is no longer necessary. During discovery learning, we expand on targets and use other tools to help reach the goals of both the LCJ and Let's Be Social projects. Areas covered are:

    • Academic skills
    • Occupational skills
    • Speech skills
    • Social group and community skills
    • One-on-one music therapy

    When using the errorless learning method, we have to make sure that the skill being taught is appropriate and that your child knows what is expected of him or her. We accomplish this by using prompts, hand-over-hand, cues, modeling, etc. to make sure your child is given all the help needed to accomplish the task and be successful.

Staying trained

We want to make sure that each staff member understands the vision, the goals and has the tools needed to implement your child's educational plan. To do this:

  • We hire team members who are degreed and/or certified in special needs and/or autism-related fields.
  • We're contracting with The Marcus Autism Center to provide ongoing training regarding ABA, behavior management, etc..
  • We've created a teaching guide for our team which provides guidance and direction and incorporates successful methodologies, evidence-based approaches and parental experience.
  • We have added advisors that consult with the program in the areas of occupational, speech and music therapy to help your child reach his or her goals.

The heavy focus on training is to ensure that our team remains abreast and aware of the latest approaches and methods and to gaurantee that each child in our program has a quality instructor.