Children with autism need special support so they can flourish in traditional schools.
Gabi Bryan, a mother whose 5-year-old son Lucas has autism, knows first-hand how critical this support is. Lucas was diagnosed at 2-years-old and referred to SARRC for the early-intervention Jumpstart program, which provides parents with an introduction to autism.
Lucas attended SARRC's Community School pre-kindergarten classroom from age four to five, then transitioned to kindergarten in the Levine School District, where SARRC was able to consult with the school to help train the teacher and aid in Lucas' kindergarten classroom.
Lucas initially experienced some problems in the classroom, including struggling to transition to circle time and stay seated during the activity and running around classroom during activities where the students were supposed to be seated.
With help from SARRC, the teachers were able to implement "little things that made a big difference" such as a "transition toy" to serve as positive reinforcement and something for Lucas to "hold on to" during the circle-time activity.