Autism Awareness Month

April 11 116As the world becomes more familiar with autism, huge strides are being made at an educational level. We are constantly learning and evolving in the ways we educate each child as the wonderful individual that they are. Leading the charge in Poudre School District are an amazing group of educators whose passion for teaching have lead them to programs designed to support students all over the spectrum.

“The strength of PSD’s research based programming for students with autism is evident when we look at the data related to students who have participated in a center based program in early childhood or elementary and then are able to attend their neighborhood school, with special education supports, by middle and high school.  We serve approximately 70 students in early childhood and elementary center based programs for students with autism using strong research based programming.  By middle school, a large percentage of the students are able to return to their neighborhood school with supports.  There are some students who continue to need intensive supports through a center based programs, which we of course continue to provide.  By high school, we have a smaller number who continue to need intensive supports.    We believe that early intervention is key and provide great research based intervention at these levels.  This continues on throughout the students time in PSD, though, whether in early childhood, elementary or secondary levels.” Sarah Belleau, director of Integrated Services (special education) for Poudre School District.puzzlw

In honor of autism awareness month we will be introducing you to some amazingpuzzle piece people who give their hearts to the children they serve each week. These teachers work with countless dedicated people to ensure each child is striving for their full potential, constantly pushing and growing. Follow along as we share their stories.

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