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Therapeutic Services for Autism Spectrum Disorder

Through RISE, Oyster Point Academy offers therapeutic services for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). RISE helps youth develop their academic and behavioral skills through social, emotional and sensory integration. Our goal is to help students learn to self-regulate their behavior through differentiated academic instruction, and cultivate emotional intelligence through the concepts of Conscious Discipline.

We offer a dedicated classroom with highly specialized and experienced staff to meet the unique and individual needs of students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. A therapeutic sensory room adjoins the classroom, specifically designed with special lighting, sounds and objects to stimulate the senses and help students remain focused on their education. An adaptive curriculum assists our students with social and communication needs, in addition to the general curriculum teaching core content areas.

Core content areas include:

  • Language arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • History
  • Physical education
  • Social skills

Sensory Integration

Research proves that when a child’s sensory needs are met, stronger nerve connections are created. Sensory integration of vestibular, proprioception, sight, smell, hear, taste and touch allows the external stimuli to maximize their sustained attention and executive functioning. RISE at Oyster Point Academy offers a very unique approach to assisting students with ASD. Our sensory room integrates educational concepts and promotes the use of positive coping skills. The sensory integration promotes higher-level cognitive acquisition and processing, such as commutative language and problem-solving skills. Our classroom also uses sensory play during social interactions and academic instruction to increase cognitive growth, fine and gross motor skills and positive interpersonal relationships.

Referral, Application and Admission Procedure

Students are referred through their placing home school district. The referring district will contact the Admissions Coordinator, Director of Ed, or the RISE Team to schedule a meeting to discuss the specifics of the program. The student must have had an IEP while in their traditional school and be at least 5 years of age. A copy of their IEP, and a summary of their previous educational difficulties must be submitted.

Help and Hope are Here

To learn more about admissions to Oyster Point Academy, or for more information about our academic or specialty programs, please call 757-594-1580. We look forward to hearing from you.