Alternative Learning Program (ALP)
at John Glenn
Program: Developmental Cognitive Disability (DCD) Program
Students Served: Kindergarten through 5th grade
Disabilities: Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Students range in expected low average to superior intellectual ability, Needs include acting out and aggressive behavior.
The program located in the John Glenn school is a full-day special education program for elementary students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and/or emotional/behavioral disorders (EBD) whose needs cannot be met in their home school district.
The program is staffed with one teacher in each classroom and one education assistant for every two to three students. One-to-one education assistants are provided as required by a student's Individual Education Plan (IEP).
The program strives to provide each student with not only academic achievement to meet standards of their peers, but also the necessary coping, self-management and social skills appropriate across their home, school and community settings.
The educational planning process involves a team of local school district staff, parents, agency professionals and Northeast Metro 916 staff. Referrals are made through the special education director of the student's local school district.
Transportation is provided by the student's home school district.
Modified academic and functional curriculum
Proactive behavior management strategies
Instruction in sensory awareness strategies
Full range of related services including a speech/language, occupational/physical therapy, nursing, assistive technology, social work, mental health and autism support
Development of adaptive physical education
Extended school year program as required by IEP
Extensive visual strategies to support communication
Interactive SMART Board technology