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Our Cluster teachers are among the most remarkable teachers at Country Isles. They are dedicated, patient professionals who absolutely love what they do and are terrific at their jobs. Please use the links to the left to find out more about the staff members we affectionately refer to as the "A-Team".
WHAT IS AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER (ASD)?
Source: National Association of Special Education Teachers~ (http://www.naset.org)
Under our nation’s federal special education law, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act 2004 (IDEA 2004), all types of autism are classified under one term, “Autism”.
Autism is defined as “a developmental disability significantly affecting verbal and nonverbal communication and social interaction, usually evident before age 3 that adversely affects a child’s educational performance. Other characteristics often associated with ASD are engagement in repetitive activities and stereotyped movements, resistance to environmental change or change in daily routines, and unusual responses to sensory experiences. The term does not apply if a child’s educational performance is adversely affected because the child has an emotional disturbance”
Most practitioners and educators believe autism is a “spectrum” disorder, a group of disorders with similar features, which can range from mild to severe, thus Autism is commonly referred to as “Autism Spectrum Disorder” (ASD).