Student with Autism Makes Gains in Academics, Peer Relations with Wraparound Support (05/09)

posted Feb 7, 2011, 8:38 AM by Cheryle Kennelly

John, a seventh grade student, was referred to the tier 3/tertiary team by his mother in the spring of the 2007-08 school year after attending a district parent night where she learned about wraparound.  She was concerned that her son, diagnosed with autism, was not making academic gains, especially in reading. In addition to needing to improve his reading skills, John’s team also identified “needing to fit in with his peers” as a big need to be addressed in the wraparound plan. Team interventions included an assessment of his reading skills followed by individualized instruction from the district reading specialist. In addition, John’s mother received support from the team on how to help her son with his reading homework at home.  The data below summarizes academic gains John experienced this year.  He also experienced improvement with peer interactions and now has a group of boys he socializes with on a regular basis.