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socialcompSocial competence is a key deficit area for most high functioning autistic spectrum disorder children. Our social competence program is based on the principles that social skills must be learned in context and the students need for a safe environment with genuine opportunity to form friendships and acquire social competence, a key step in mastering social skills.

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Thematic Approach Education

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Thematic Approach Education is taught at the Ridge School. A Thematic Approach is when you take a theme or project and incorporates reading skills, math skills, social studies, and science to teach a lesson that may last for several months resulting in reports for their portfolios and a display for an Open House to share with the educators, families, friends and invited guests. This is done on a quarterly basis a report card and parent conference will follow the end of each theme.

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communicationAn integral part of the program of the Ridge School is a Pragmatic Language Program. One aspect of this consists of projects revolving around topics being taught. We have studied different author reports complete with portraits of the individual authors and scenery from their areas and time periods. We have studied alternative fuels complete with models of future fueling stations and possible vehicles of the future.

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Community Integration, Vocational, and Post-secondary Transition Program

communityStarting in middle school, post-secondary transition begins with regular field trips that get students out into the world exploring various options for careers. Students are evaluated for Drivers Education Programs based upon an occupation evaluation student is referred to the appropriate Drivers Education Program. Students are taught to use public transportation

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Health Education for Life Skills

Our health education program is a comprehensive, multi unit program that covers nutrition, issues around substance abuse, personal hygiene, sexual health education, mental heath education, including managing stress and identifying sources of support, and skills for communicating with doctors and accessing appropriate health care.

Physical Education

PE at the Ridge School consists of non-competitive games for fitness and group cooperation along with weekly field trips that incorporate PE, social interaction and general knowledge of the area in which we live.

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evaluationEvaluation and goal setting are an important part of any successful program. Each Ridge School student will be evaluated to assess academic ability, learning style, and functional ability, as well as identify developmental, health, social-emotional, and behavioral needs.