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 Autism Spectrum Disorder

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 Overview

The Autism Spectrum Disorders Program (ASD) is operated by the Placer County Office of Education and is a child and family-driven program designed to serve children exhibiting characteristics of autism spectrum disorders and/or significant behavior challenges.  There are currently 8 ASD classrooms located on regular school sites serving students from preschool through age 22.

The program relies on a highly trained staff of professional and paraprofessionals working collaboratively with parents to provide a comprehensive educational program.

Students must be referred by their district of residence. For additional assistance, contact the Placer County SELPA at 530.886.5873.

 Information

Program Components

  • Developmentally appropriate curriculum aligned with California Common Core
  • ​Utilization of a combination of instructional strategies and intervention techniques to address the learning styles, abilities, functional and developmental needs of the students
  • Utilization of a combination of instructional strategies and intervention techniques to address the learning styles, abilities, functional and developmental needs of the students
  • Technology-aided instruction and intervention
  • Individually planned mainstreaming opportunities and community-based instruction based on students’ needs and abilities​
  • ​Highly structured program to support independence
  • Utilization of visual supports including visual strategies, schedules, and work systems
  • Low staff to student ratio
  • Reduced class size
  • Emphasis on communication skills
  • Naturalistic language intervention
  • Functional communication training
  • Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) including Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)
  • Positive behavior interventions and differential reinforcement strategies
  • A systematic, data-driven approach for changing behavior based on positive interventions
  • Individualized and group interventions based on best practices and research
  • A holistic approach that considers all of the factors that impact the student, and the student’s behavior
  • Extensive staff training to support consistent behavioral interventions, desired behaviors and activities in all campus environments
  • Social Skills training​
​Support Services
  • ​The Intensive Behavior Intervention Team may include:
    • Administrators from the county office and district of residence
    • Special Education Teachers
    • School Psychologist
    • Behavior Support Specialists
    • Educational Paraprofessionals
    • Speech and Language Pathologists
    • Occupational Therapists
    • Physical Therapists
    • Assistive Technology Specialists
    • Nurses​

 FAQ's

WHERE ARE DHH STUDENT LOCATIONS?

Students are taught in district general education settings, charter school programs, district special education programs, county special education programs, Home Hospital Instruction (HHI), or in the PCOE Regional DHH program.​​​​​

DOES PCOE OFFER ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY FOR THOSE WITH DISABILITIES?

PCOE has a department focused on providing a wide variety of assistive technology devices to help children excel on an academic and personal level. From adaptive desks to special computer software, we have the tools your child deserves.​

I HAVE AN INFANT WITH A DISABILITY. DOES PCOE OFFER SUPPORT?​

PCOE offers amazing support and services for infants with disabilities. Our team works with the family to establish the proper development of their child. Our relationship-based approach guides children and parents through normal everyday activities, and ensures they're ready for the next phase of development.​​

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    "One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world"​

    ​-Malala Yousafzai