students on the Autism Spectrum in southern Maryland. We
work with students on all levels of the spectrum upon initial
diagnosis through adulthood. We pride ourselves on adapting
to the ever evolving needs of our students.
Behavior, sensory skills and play are primary concerns for your
younger students while socialization, vocational skills and daily
living skills are main the focus for our older students.
Our programs emphasize social skills, communication, recreation/leisure skills,
community skills, daily living skills and the generalization of academic skills.
Programs here offer our students training in:
• Social skills including communication, sharing, taking turns, waiting, being flexible and following
• Daily living skills: grooming, personal hygiene, and age appropriate chores
• Recreational and leisure skills that encourage them to participate in community service projects
• Pre-vocational skills in preparation for adult life
To educate, advocate for and empower individuals on the Autism Spectrum, their families, and communities; and to build mutually
beneficial relationships among them.
1. Learning should be individualized and occur across all developmental domains
Our students come to us with very diverse and specialized needs. We strive to work with
each student at their level while maintaining age appropriate activities. We look for opportunities
to teach the "whole child" and develop skills in all developmental domains.
2. Therapy should be collaborative
The Autism Project makes every effort to collaborate with families and other professionals
delivering therapeutic activities to the student.
We realize that collaboration is essential to progress and ensures consistency within programming.
3. An eclectic approach leads to the greatest progress
The Autism Project does not exclusively follow any one particular treatment approach,but rather employs multiple techniques to best
suit the individual. We pride ourselves on using the best practices available for students on the spectrum; in that we realize what
may work for one student may not work for another. Some of the treatment approaches commonly utilized in our therapies include
TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and Related Communication-Handicapped Children), Sensory Integration, Social
Stories, PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System), Incidental Teaching, Floor time, Discrete Trial Training, Montessori and
Daily Life Therapy
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