Anthony ASD Program Syllabus


This syllabus contains specific information about the Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Program at Anthony Community Middle School, which will help parents/students better understand the program.  The Anthony Student Planner will give more specific information about the school and the MPS expectations.


The ASD program is designed for students who have needs in all or some of the following areas:  academics, functional skills (money, time, functional words/phrases, personal hygiene, etc.), social interaction skills, study skills, organizational skills, recreation/leisure experiences/exploration, and mainstreaming/inclusion with general education peers.  Additional services such as adaptive P.E. (D/APE), speech/language therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy are provided as determined by assessment.

The IEP Team includes the special education teacher, general education teacher, ASD program social worker, and parent/guardian/student.  The IEP Team develops an Individual Educational Program (IEP) for each student.  As a result, every student's program has its own unique qualities based on abilities, needs, and parental concerns.

Possible IEP components include the following (as needed):

1.  Academics

2. Social Thinking Interaction Skills

3.  Study/Organizational Skills

4. Vocational Skills &  Experiences

5.  Recreation/Leisure Skills & Experiences

6.  Behavior

7.  Speech, O.T.,P.T., and/or DAPE


Academics are provided in both the ASD classroom and in the general education classrooms.  Special Education Assistants (SEA's) attend classes with students, as needed.  Accommodations are made for general education assignments per IEP or as necessary.  Core classes include English, math, social studies, and sciience.  Th=wo electives are chosen per semester, but one of the daily electives will be social skills with the ASD staff.


Students need to understand/apply appropriate social skills in various settings.  These settings include the ASD classroom, general education classrooms, community sites, school bus, etc.

Various social skills are covered such as:

1. Classroom Survival Skills

2. Friendship-Making Skills

3.  Dealing with Feelings

4.  Alternatives to Aggression

5.  Dealing with Stress

6.  Planning Skills


Knowing how to study and organize is an important component of learning.  Staff assists students individually in general education classes.  During weekly study hour, staff encourages organization and gives pointers to guide students throughout the school year.  


The vocational component of the ASD Program is set up around delivering nearby neighborhood newspapers.  The saftey of the students is of utmost importance and they are constantly supervised by adults on each route.  Job skills are worked on and include counting out papers, inserting, rolling, rubber banding, bagging, and matching addresses.  These activities help students work on prevocational transition IEP skills such as following directions, staying on task, independence, cooperation, and working with others, etc.


The ASD Program goes into the community as part of the recreation/leisure component of the Transition IEP.  Past activities have included bowling, swimming, grocery shopping, visiting the library, various educational sites (Children's theater, Science Museum, Omni/IMax Theater.  Minnesota Zoo, History Museum, etc.).  These trips are designed to make the students more aware of their community as well as work on social skills in the natural setting.


Appropriate behaviors are an essential part of a positive learning environment.  Interesting and fun activities are set up to help students learn appropriate behaviors and practice social interaction skills.  Student behavior is monitored on a daily point sheet.  These point sheets are used to determine a student's eligibility for special activities, rewards, community trips, etc.  Data is collected, compiled, and recorded on Quarterly Progress Reports.