Good Shepherd’s school program serves students diagnosed with autism and other developmental disabilities ages 2 to 14 years. The programs education and treatment approach is based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), an intervention program that applies principles of behavior to learning.
We offer a full-day, year-round program. The goal of Good Shepherd is to provide our students with the opportunity to succeed in a school setting where their individual needs can be efficiently assessed and effectively addressed.
Our teaching model uses Applied Behavior Analysis to develop language, social, and academic skills for children with various developmental disabilities. All teaching is carried out in a large group, small group, and individualized format through both discrete trial and natural environment training. Opportunities for small group social interactions occur on a daily basis.
The program at Good Shepherd is tailored to each individual student using a carefully sequenced set of over 400 objectives designed to teach effective communication, social skills, and key academic competencies including school readiness skills. Based on a comprehensive, initial assessment and individualized treatment plan, students are placed into one of our success-oriented classrooms. Our classrooms are staffed to provide research-based large group, small group, and individualized instruction. Detailed narrative progress reports will be provided and discussed with the parents every three months. Communication between home and Good Shepherd will be enhanced by the use of student communication folders
Good Shepherd stands alone by combining this realistic learning environment with the power of instruction based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Good Shepherd’s unique structure and the use of cutting edge ABA methods teach students to be successful in realistic group settings and enable them to reach true competency. Such a combination sets us apart from other programs by allowing us to pursue our mission of giving students on the Autism Spectrum the skills they need to return to the traditional school site of their parent’s choice. Good Shepherd School serves as a UCO Model and Demonstration Site.