Autistic Support Services
The Montgomery County Intermediate Unit offers school-age Autistic Support classrooms in districts across the county for students from Kindergarten through age 21. Our Autistic Support classroom programs utilize a whole child approach to learning by focusing simultaneously on academics, communication skills, behavior management, functional life and workplace skills, and related services needs to prepare our students for the post-secondary world.
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA): Elementary
An Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) classroom is available at the elementary level for children in grades K-2. This program utilizes evidence-based practices such as The Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP) to build a communication and academic plan for students. All elementary Autistic Support classrooms are also supported by behavior consultants, related service providers, a social worker, and classroom assistants.
Competent Learner Model (CLM): Elementary
A Competent Learner Model (CLM) classroom is available at the elementary level for children in grades 3-6. This program offers an intensive, individualized teaching program designed to provide a high level of structure in the learning environment so that children acquire the competencies necessary to be successful across learning environments. All elementary Autistic Support classrooms are also supported by behavior consultants, related service providers, a social worker, and classroom assistants.
Autistic Support at the secondary level has a strong focus on both transitional and academic skills in grades 7-12+. While students continue to participate in academic classes and work on IEP goals at this level, transition planning begins by the year students turn 14 years of age. Students now focus on skills needed to support their individual plan of post-secondary education, employment, and independent living skills. Community based instruction with related services support students in generalizing skills into the community multiple times per school year. Many students also participate in half or full day work programs with support later into their educational experiences. Our secondary programs can support students through age 21 in collaboration with the MCIU’s Secondary Transition Program. Secondary Autistic Support classrooms are supported by behavior consultants, related service providers, a social worker, an adapted PE teacher, and classroom assistants.
Extended School Year
MCIU will continue to operate certain extended school year (ESY) classrooms, as well as coordinate the placement of students at ESY approved private school classrooms.
Program Administrator Autistic Support Services
Kristina Corominas is the Program Administrator for the MCIU Autistic Support classrooms, grades K-12, throughout the county. Previously to joining the MCIU Administration team, Kristina served as a special education teacher and an LEA for Pottstown School District and has also taught special education in Norristown Area School District and at 21st Century Cyber Charter School. Kristina has a special education supervisory certification from Penn State University, as well as her Master’s degree in Special Education from Lehigh University and a Bachelor’s degree in Education and Historical Studies from Moravian College. As the Program Administrator, she supervises the Autistic Support classrooms hosted by school buildings around the county while simultaneously working closely with local LEAs to find ways to best service all students in the program. She collaborates closely with the MCIU related services staff and school psychologists to provide ongoing training in best practices in Autistic Support and special education instructional delivery. Kristina enjoys spending time with her family, cooking new recipes, taking photos, spin classes, and traveling. To follow Kristina’s adventures and learn more about our programs, visit her Twitter account @Kristina_Coro.