Autism & Intellectual Disabilities

A diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or of Intellectual Disability (ID) carries with it the need for specialized education that is designed to promote learning and progress. Teaching techniques that are considered best practices for typical learners may not be suited for special learners. The Guild is a learning environment dedicated to special education. Some special educational settings are designed to serve students with a single diagnosis. In contrast, The Guild serves students with a wide range of ability levels and diagnoses.

All Guild students have some type of ID – ranging from mild to severe. Many are on the autism spectrum; some have chromosomal disorders, such as Down syndrome or Cri-du-Chat; and some have a dual diagnosis of ID and a mental health diagnosis, such as depression, generalized anxiety disorder, or bipolar disorder. There is a great deal of variability among special learners. Each one has unique needs; therefore, each student’s educational program is individualized. There are, however, features of The Guild’s learning environment that represent best practices in special education. Students with an ASD or an ID benefit from The Guild’s focus on:

Communication Skills
Sensory Integration
Positive Behavior Support / Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
Social Skills
Structure and Consistency