OVERVIEW of Our Educational Approach
Not every child learns the same way, and this is especially true for children with ASD. At The Helix School, we tailor our curriculum to each individual’s unique learning style and developmental level. We also build on each person's special interests to foster engagement and motivation. We believe that harnessing strengths is as important as targeting deficits—and that the best learning occurs in the context of strong relationships. We achieve this through a dynamic team of experienced providers, all of whom have made this work their life’s passion.
We work with the whole child. Cognitive, language, social-emotional, and sensory-motor systems need to function together to help students reach their full potential. We teach in small-group formats that support individual needs while allowing participation in larger groups as students become increasingly social.
Our Integrated Curriculum includes speech and language, emotional regulation, sensory-motor skills in occupational therapy, life skills, math, language arts, science, social studies, art, drama and music. Our teachers work on objectives in each key developmental and academic area, taking advantage of natural opportunities to incorporate goals into every activity. Generalization is a primary goal, ensuring that a child is able to meet a skill in multiple environments and with different communication partners before that goal is considered fully achieved. All departments meet consistently to collaborate and foster the generalization of teaching strategies and learning. Parents also play an integral part in goal development and generalization through regular consultation and our home practice program.
Six Measurable Benchmarks: As a foundation for all learning, we teach our students to:
- Develop self-awareness of their bodies, movements, feelings, and needs.
- Self-regulate their behavior so they can function and socialize successfully.
- Process language so they can communicate effectively throughout their lives.
- Generalize what they learn so they can accelerate their progress and thrive in a wide range of daily situations.
- Advocate effectively for themselves, so they can obtain the information and support they need, when they need it, regardless of the situation.
- Learn life skills and ways to navigate their community.