School teaches students with autism skills to live independently – w/video

schoolWallingford, Conn – A school geared towards addressing the needs of students with autism spectrum disorder is currently in operation in Wallingford.

High Road Academy is a state-approved educational institution that serves to teach students on the spectrum valuable skills that can potentially help pupils to live independently as adults. As a result, specially trained staff members instruct students in an effort to teach communication, social and behavioural skills in keeping with their respective ability and cognitive level. So far High Roads has assisted dozens of students including Cole Horne, in their journey to essentially live life to the fullest.

Horne, a 17-year-old with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)  who is currently enrolled at the school, has had the opportunity to build on skills he already possessed in addition to acquiring new ones while at the academy. Thus, by being taught a decidedly unique curriculum that includes lessons such as doing laundry, making a bed and setting a kitchen table, Horne is on his way to reaching his set goal. Avery Horne, the youngster’s father asserts:

“At home I can ask him, Cole set the table. Cole clean up the table. Before I would never even think of asking him.”

Currently the school, which offers programming for K-12, is working with families and districts in order to meet the needs of those who are in need of its services.

Source: on the News 8 WTNN.com website: A school for autism students to learn about independent living