There is a huge demand in the Charleston area for an academic school for elementary-age students with Asperger’s Syndrome and high functioning autism (HFA). As a result, The School for Asperger’s/HFA at Trident Academy has added a third grade class and inquiries are now being accepted for kindergarten, first, second and third grade for the 2013-14 school year.
“Third grade is such an exciting addition to the program,” says Nicole McLain, director of The School for Asperger’s/HFA. “Sometimes it takes a year or two in the classroom before parents have a clear picture of what is needed for their child’s academic, social, and emotional success. By offering an additional grade at the start of our program, we can serve those families that recognize the need for an individualized Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) academic program.”
The School for Asperger’s/HFA is currently accepting applications for students who will benefit from ABA and individualized instruction, with a goal of transitioning to a traditional school. One grade will be added each year through the eighth grade.
Easing the transitional process from one school to another must be done carefully for those with HFA and Asperger’s. Trident Academy is astutely aware of the difficulties associated with this transition, and is establishing measures to make the process as easy and stress-free as possible.
“If your child’s needs are not being met in a typical educational setting, entry into our program should be an easy choice at any age,” McLain says. “While the symptoms of HFA and Asperger’s do not impair functioning as greatly as more severe cases of autism, ignoring the symptoms can be a snowball effect. The longer the student is not receiving services appropriate for their developmental needs, the larger the ball comes, eventually becoming so large that it is hard to manage and navigate.”
For more information, contact Niki Leiva at 843.884.3494.