Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability in the world. According to the VDOE, as of 2018, the prevalence of Autism spectrum disorder is 1 in 59 children. Matthew’s Center provides a stimulating, therapeutic and engaging environment to meet the needs of children and families affected by autism and related disabilities.
Matthew’s Center recognizes that each student requires a uniquely structured and supportive program based on their learning ability. At our Day School, we provide a rich staffing ratio of 1:1, that includes related services such as Speech and Language Pathology, Occupational Therapy and Board Certified Behavioral Analysis. Each student’s curriculum is designed in accordance with their Individual Educational Plan (IEP) using a variety of research based methodologies, including Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). We are devoted to teaching each student a functional communication system, daily living skills, functional academics and appropriate social skills. A behavior intervention plan is developed based on each student’s specific needs.
A behavior intervention plan, if found necessary through a function behavior assesment , is developed by our Board Certified Behavior Analytics (BCBAs) and we base it on the student ‘s specific needs.
The Day School currently has classrooms serving children ages 5-21. Each classroom is staffed at a minimum of 1:1 ratio, including a special education teacher. Other available professionals include: Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Speech Language Pathologists, and Occupational Therapists. Each student's curriculum and educational plan are laid out according to their Individualized Education Plan (IEP).