PARENT LINKS

Maine Down Syndrome Network

 

Child and Family Services

 

Autism Society of Maine

 

Special Olympics Maine

 

Pathways/MAIER

 

PARENT RESOURCES LISTS

 

K-5 Parent Community Resource List

 

6-12 Parent Community Resource List

 

AFIRM

Autism Focused Intervention Resource and Modules

http://afirm.fpg.unc.edu

The above website, which is an extension of the National Professional Development Center on ASD, provides online training on evidenced-based interventions, as well as other resources. They are free and available to the public.

 

PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS AND LEAD TEACHERS

The Bridges Programs provide intensive, evidenced-based programming for students with a wide range of developmental disabilities, including Autism. These programs have a high teacher-to-student ratio in order to deliver systematic programing based on individualized needs. Ongoing assessment and progress monitoring ensure that programming focuses on identified needs and that students are making expected progress. Teachers participate in professional development training to stay up-to-date on current practices. Many students have the opportunity to participate in community based programming and the Special Olympics.

 

WINDHAM PRIMARY SCHOOL

LEAD TEACHERS

Jody Colangelo, colangelo@rsu14.org

Janet Riesbeck, jriesbeck@rsu14.org

K-5 Bridges Program Description

 

WINDHAM MIDDLE SCHOOL

LEAD TEACHER

Brittany Taylor, btaylor@rsu14.org

Classroom Webpage

6-8 Bridges Program Description

 

WINDHAM HIGH SCHOOL

LEAD TEACHER

Lorna Dunn, ldunn@rsu14.org

Classroom Website

Mission:

- Academic instruction aligned to the Common Core

- Skills training to prepare students to transition beyond school services


Bridges is designed to:

- Provide academic skills aligned with the Common Core

- Maximize independence

- Teach self-advocacy and communication skills

- Provide opportunities for community involvement

- Teach students to be productive and responsible citizens

 

Methods and practices:

- Social skills instruction

- Individualized academic programming and skills instruction

- Classroom environment adapted to student needs

- Collaboration with all team members including regular education teachers, outside providers, specialists and parents

- Ongoing assessment of least restrictive environment

- Pursuit of opportunities to participate in the broader school community

MAINE AUTISM LEADER TEAM (M.A.L.T.)

Through a partnership between the Maine Autism Institute for Education and Research (MAIER) and the Maine Department of Education, our district has received training and coaching to develop evidence-based interventions for students, improve assessment and progress monitoring practices, and increase parent resources and training opportunities.

Our members work together to improve understanding of the unique characteristics of students with Autism and other developmental disabilities, to improve programming, and provide training for district staff members. Through careful assessment and thoughtful action plans, our team is hard at work to improve services throughout RSU14.

CURRENT MEMBERS

Julie Packard, BCBA and Behavior Consultant

James Livengood, Speech/Language Pathologist

Jody Colangelo, K-3 special education teacher

Janet Riesbeck, K-3 special education teacher

Brittany Taylor, K-3 special education teacher

Lorna Dunn, K-3 special education teacher

 

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