Autism Spectrum Program
Our staff works with children on the spectrum, some who exhibit difficult behavior and limited verbal skills as well as children with a dual diagnosis of autism and behavior disorder.
OUR SCHOOL PROGRAM PROVIDES
A curriculum consistent with Maryland and Washington, D.C. public school curricula and aligned with Maryland Common Core State Curriculum that includes English/language arts, math, science, and social studies.
Our instructional program implements:
- Maryland Common Core Standards
- Instruction aligned and programs tailored to the learning style of each student
- Project-based learning using real world problems
- Brain-based learning strategies
- Field work and collaboration with experts
- Technology enriched programming
- Infusion of the arts: art, music and physical education
- Character Education
- Vocational training
- Formalized plans to improve social skills, problem behavior and lagging cognitive skills
- Electives in technology, landscaping and hospitality
- A School to Work Program
- Culturally responsible instruction
Clinical and Related Services include:
- Individual and group therapy
- Speech/language therapy
- Crisis intervention services
- Physical and Occupational therapies
- Psychiatric evaluation and consultation
- Nursing services
- Case management Services
Family Services include:
- Parent and Family counseling
- Parent Support Groups
- Referral to community resources
- Assistance for students transitioning to their next placement
- Transportation under special arrangements
- Free or reduced cost breakfast and lunch (if eligible)
- Extended school year program
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HISTORY OF THE CHILDREN’S GUILD AND AUTISM
Since our inception in 1953, The Children’s Guild has been a pioneer in working with children on the autism spectrum. One of our founders, Dr. Leo Kanner, was not only the founder of Child Psychiatry, but he also made the first diagnosis of childhood autism and prescribed the first methods of intervention. Throughout our history, The Children’s Guild has served children on the autism spectrum, primarily through educational programs. However, we realize that today autism and knowledge about autism is continuously evolving and so we, as an organization, are also changing in order to seek the most effective ways to work with students on the autism spectrum and their families.
In response to the growing needs of these students and others like them in our communities, The Children’s Guild expanded, refined and coordinated its services to children on the autism spectrum and created The Janet and Frank Kelly Autism Center at The Children’s Guild based on our Transformation Education philosophy. This Autism Center provides services to children and youth on the autism spectrum from age 5 through age 21 in the Baltimore-Washington corridor through our therapeutic day schools, Family Help Center and school- based mental health programs.
It is because of our natural curiosity and always asking the question “Why?” – that we have discovered new ways of understanding autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and the most effective ways of working with children on the spectrum. We also ask the question “Why not?” and are always striving to ensure that our students, their families and our staff are the best they can be. Simply put, we aim to make the seemingly impossible possible.
The same can be said of Janet and Frank Kelly. Whether as community leaders, elected official, or philanthropists, the Kelly family has always worked to make the seemingly impossible possible for thousands of Marylanders. The Janet and Frank Kelly Autism Center at The Children’s Guild is yet another opportunity the Kelly’s have created to help children learn the skills they need to lead successful and meaningful lives both today and tomorrow.