Helping Students With Autism Spectrum Disorder
The Ivy Street School helps students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who are seeking either an academic setting or a year of transition support in preparation for an independent adult life. Our population of ASD students are those who are looking to finish a high school diploma, or achieve gainful employment, and who might be interested in post-secondary education.
In the classroom, our curriculum focuses on building academics skills to help students prepare for MCAS or an alternative assessment, if appropriate.
We support students in gaining executive functioning skills and learning to engage in social thinking so that they can tackle social and communication challenges.
Vocational coaches place and support students as they embark on their work lives. They also play an important role in shaping pre-vocational skills and for our older students exploring a wide range of job opportunities specifically tailored to their vocational interests. Our vocational department helps interested students find competitive employment.
Students may also benefit from our Transition Program, which operates within the Ivy Street School but is specifically targeted to students ages 17 to 22 that have completed their academic requirements and have the support of their school districts for an additional year or more of transition to young adulthood-focused programming.
We support transitioning students as they begin their next phase of life — whether by enrolling in college courses, seeking competitive employment, or both — through a curriculum that takes place in both the classroom and the Brookline and Boston community.
Summers in our Transition Program also include a two-week residential stay a local college dormitory, where students practice the skills they've focused on during the year.
Ivy Street School graduate Colleen gives a taste of her experience growing up on the autism spectrum in her cartoon series, Autism: The Cartoon.