Autism Spectrum Disorders

SVVSD provides a full continuum of support for students who have autism spectrum disorders. Most of our students’ needs can be met within their neighborhood or home school. The school district provides training and support for teachers and school staff who work with students who have autism spectrum disorders.

The focus of programming for students with moderate to severe autism spectrum disorders is to develop the academic and functional life skills necessary to be as independent as possible and have a satisfying quality of life post graduation. Skills and routines that have specific a purpose and occur in real life are an important component of instructional focus.

Students with Asperger’s Syndrome or more mild levels of need typically are included in the general education classroom. Because such students, in general, respond well to academic expectations, their needs are often overlooked. The focus of programming for this population is to develop skills in the areas of social functioning (i.e., perspective taking, understanding social situations and emotions), executive functioning (i.e., planning, organizing, attending), problem solving, language comprehension, and homework or work completion. In addition, other severe mental health issues may be prevalent such as, suicidal ideation, anxiety, or depression.

SVVSD provides programming aligned with the Colorado Department of Education’s Autism Programming Quality Indicators (listed below).

  • Individual Evaluation and Individualized Education Programs
  • Curriculum, Instruction and Methodology
  • Monitoring and Review of Progress and Outcomes
  • Family Support & Involvement
  • Transition
  • Behavior

Some students require more intensive services within a more restrictive environment. SVVSD has specialized programs for students in Preschool – 12th grade to meet these needs. The locations for these programs are: Longmont Estates Elementary, Niwot Elementary, Prairie Ridge Elementary and Altona MS.

For more information on CDE’s Autism Quality Indicators, visit the Colorado Department of Education’s site devoted to Autism.