Teaching strategies used in Project AIIM are especially designed to address the unique learning styles of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Project AIIM employs two highly-valued and research-based approaches recommended by the National Research Council in Educating Children with Autism. The application of Structured Teaching and Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) have resulted in very effective outcomes for children with disabilities in school environments. Students are taught in both individual and group settings based upon their assessed needs and IEP objectives.
Because language development is an important foundational skill, language/communication is emphasized throughout the day in the classroom. Students have the opportunity to develop communication skills in group, individual and naturally occurring settings, carefully planned by the teacher and instructional assistants. Classrooms are organized with designated areas set apart for activities such as play, work and transitions. New skills are taught during individual one-to-one sessions scheduled throughout the day. Instructional performance data is recorded daily to determine student progress and to inform decisions about the effectiveness of instructional procedures.
Parents are an integral part of the Project AIIM program. Parent training is available through Project AIIM. Parent involvement and participation is ongoing, incorporating the use of communication logs, parent meetings, ongoing conferences, parent support groups and open school nights.
For information on education for children with disabilities, visit the New York State Education website.