The Center for AutismServing children from across the United States and abroad who have significant communication, sensory, social, daily living and/or behavioral challenges.
The Center for Autism (CFA) is a state-of-the-art branch campus of The King’s Daughters’ School. As a highly-structured, co-educational campus, the Center provides individual attention to help children ages 7-22 learn to communicate and master self-help skills. The Center serves children from across the United States and abroad who have significant communication, sensory, social, daily living and/or behavioral challenges.
Students at the Center benefit from a small staff/student ratio of 1:2 (lower for children who need more intensive support), a small class size of 4-5 students and a small capacity of only 20 students residentially and a limited number of day students. This allows teachers and staff to focus on each child as an individual and tailor their teaching strategies to meet each child’s specific needs and abilities.
The CFA uses a combination of widely accepted training methods, including:
• PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System)
• TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and related Communication-handicapped Children)
• Speech, Occupational and Sensory Therapies
The CFA campus includes disability-specific classrooms, a multipurpose/recreation room, a clinic and a cafeteria as well as cheerful living areas, such as large handicap-accessible restrooms, brightly decorated double bedrooms, relaxing community rooms and a playground. Students at the Center also have access to all other KDS facilities: indoor and outdoor pools, a park with a running track, basketball and tennis courts and an eight-acre rustic camp.
Students at the Center participate in a regular 6 1/2-hour school day, including regular periods for communication, functional academics, daily living skills, community based instruction, adaptive physical education and sensory integration. Students receive behavior analysis and modification, opportunities for socialization, social-adaptive training and training in skill generalization. Students frequently implement the skills they learn in mock settings. For example, they may turn the cafeteria into a restaurant and practice ordering and paying for their meals using their communication tools
CFA students have countless opportunities for socialization with each other and within the community. Students participate in numerous Special Olympics sports and frequently visit restaurants and parks, go out for ice cream and go bowling among other activities.