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Why Heartspring?

Heartspring gives its students a unique educational experience. Whether they are residential or day-only students, our school offers them an individualized program to help them grow and find their path to greater independence.

Applied Behavior Analysis

When working with students, Heartspring utilizes evidence-based and emerging practices, based on the National Standards Project as developed by the National Autism Center. This includes the use of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and structured teaching along with relying upon the professional expertise of Heartspring staff.

71%

Of students demonstrated a decrease in self-injurious behavior.

56%

Average percent of decrease in self-injurious behavior.

*During the 2015-2016 school year.

Comprehensive Behavior Plans

Heartspring focuses on decreasing inappropriate behaviors and teaching replacement behaviors. This includes ensuring that students have a functional communication plan as a critical part their program. The goal is to implement a consistent student support plan throughout the waking day (also known as a Behavior Intervention Plan). This is accomplished through an interdisciplinary approach. Recommendations from psychology, education, speech and language, occupational/physical therapy, health, and psychiatry are incorporated into a comprehensive treatment program. This individually developed plan guides all staff, in a consistent manner across all settings, to address inappropriate behaviors and teach replacement behaviors.

71%

Of students demonstrated a decrease in aggressive behavior.

51%

Average percent of decrease in aggressive behavior.

*During the 2015-2016 school year.

Augmentative and Alternative Communication

At Heartspring, increasing communication skills is also a vital part of each student’s program. Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) is used with students who have limited functional communication to help them learn and participate in their educational program and in their community, with minimal behavioral disruptions.

Activities of Daily Living

Heartspring focuses on increasing each student’s independence with his or her activities of daily living, such as hygiene, household chores, meal preparation, etc. This increased independence offers students a better quality of life, as they transition from school to adult life.

Competitive Integrated Employment

Heartspring has a unique employment-training curriculum for students who are at least 14 years of age.
This curriculum focuses on six key areas:

  • Clerical Skills
  • Domestic Skills
  • Food Service
  • Warehouse/Stocking
  • Landscaping/Gardening
  • Packaging/Assembly

In addition to classroom work, this program has school-based and community-based internships. It is designed to prepare students for future employment. During this training process, students earn credits and transferable job skills that will stay with them for a lifetime. The skills they have learned will be included in the student’s portfolio; so all skills are clearly displayed for future employers.

Data Collection

Advanced and custom technologies are utilized to help students and staff maximize learning opportunities. Custom in-house produced technology also provides a state-of-the-art data collection system that allows professionals immediate access to raw data, graphs and other student information that help determine progress, show trends and guide programming. Visit our Data Collection page for more information on this program.

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