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Office of Special Education

Services for students with disabilities
from birth through age 21


Autism Spectrum Disorders Services

Mrs. Kristin M. Secan, Supervisor
Ms. Chelsea A Campbell, Program Secretary

Office Location:
Spring Mill Field Office
11721 Kemp Mill Road
Silver Spring, MD 20902

Phone: 301-593-3720
Fax: 301-593-3795
Staff Directory

Elementary Autism Services

The Elementary Autism classes are self contained classrooms in comprehensive elementary school buildings. Students served by this model have a diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Disorder and need significant learning and social supports as a result of their disability. The classrooms offer a highly structured school day and individualized learning opportunities. Curriculum is modified as appropriate to support student strengths and needs. There is a continuing emphasis on the development of language, social skills, and student independence. The teaching procedures are based on Applied Behavior Anaylsis. Students participate with non-disabled peers as appropriate.

 

Secondary Autism Services

The Secondary Autism Program classes are self contained classrooms in comprehensive middle and high school buildings. Students served by this model have a diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Disorder and need significant learning and social supports as a result of their disability. Curriculum is modified as appropriate to support student strengths and needs. There is a continuing emphasis on the development of language, social skills, and student independence. In addition, the students are provided with community based instruction and in-school prevocational tasks (middle school) or community based vocational tasks (high school) in order to prepare them for their eventual transition to adult services.