ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis)
All staff at Victory Autism Academy will be trained and will use ABA strategies and best practices in every aspect of the school day.
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a therapy based on the science of learning and behavior.
Behavior analysis helps us to understand:
How behavior works
How behavior is affected by the environment
How learning takes place
ABA therapy applies our understanding of how behavior works to real situations. The goal is to increase behaviors that are helpful and decrease behaviors that are harmful or affect learning.
ABA therapy can help:
Increase language and communication skills
Improve attention, focus, social skills, memory, and academics
Decrease problem behaviors
TEACCH (Treatment of Education of Autistic and Communication Handicapped Children)
TEACCH uses a method called “structured TEDACCHing.” This is based on the unique learning needs of children with ASD, including:
Strengths in visual information processing
Difficulties with social communication, attention and executive function
Structured TEACCHing provides strategies and tools for teacher to use in the classroom. These help students with autism to achieve educational and therapeutic goals. The Structured TEACCHing approach focuses on:
External organizational supports that address challenges with attention and executive function
Visual and/or written information to supplement verbal communication
Structured support for social communication
This method supports meaningful engagement in activities. It also works to increase students’ flexibility, independence, and self-efficacy.
Structured TEACCHing uses organization and supports in the classroom environment to help students learn best. That includes:
Work (Activity) systems
Visual structure of materials in task and activities
Class sizes and Staffing
Victory Autism Academy offers small class sizes, with 12-15 students per classroom and groups students based on abilities and needs. The student to staff ratio is an average of 3 to 1.
All classrooms will have a certified special education teacher, teacher assistant, and a behavior coach. This will ensure that all students receive individualized instruction throughout the day
Curriculum and Academics
Our instruction is aligned to the Arizona State Standards with appropriate modifications and accommodations to meet the individual needs of all students. We integrate Healthy Social Skills, Emotional Regulation, Executive Functioning and Daily Living Skills in everything we do.
We believe in using a plethora of different teaching modalities to differentiate our teaching and learning for all students. Below, aside from direct instruction and small groups, are three focus modalities, we believe in for our student’s capacity as learners and individual personal growth
STEM - When the opportunity presents itself to meet the individual needs of a student, Victory Autism Academy will teach using STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). A study published in the journal of autism developmental disorders found that students with autism chose majors in science, technology, engineering and math at a much higher rate than students in the general population. In an era where a world-class science and engineering workforce is needed to remain competitive, studies are able to confirm that people with ASD prove to be advantageous in these fields and can be a major resource for the technologically advancing economy.
Blended Learning - When the opportunity presents itself to meet individual needs of a student, Victory Autism Academy will use a Blended Learning approach using one to one ipads and/or chrome books with their students. Partnering Blended Learning and STEM is an ideal methodology to meet the needs of students on the spectrum. Using a combination of media formats creates diverse instruction, offers a variety of tools for teaching concepts, increases motivation, promotes independence, improves problem solving skills and promotes collaboration.
Community Inclusion Field Trips - At Victory Autism Academy we believe in giving students opportunities to explore their community and enjoy many of the activities other students enjoy. We believe in broadening the individual’s independent participation in the community. These Community Inclusion Field Trips improve skills necessary for that participation. We believe in broadening our student’s independent participation in the community. These trips improve skills necessary for that participation. We use these outings to not only help our students build self-confidence and acquire new life skills but also to integrate our students into everyday society. These trips are more than just fun outings. They are growing experiences for all involved.
Social Emotional Learning
Victory Autism School is a Social Emotional Learning school. Social-Emotional Learning recognizes that critical life skills extend beyond the traditional reading, writing, and arithmetic. We know that kids thrive when they are taught how to identify and manage their emotions, build healthy relationships and make great decision.
At Victory Autism Academy, we believe that strong morals and values play a important role in future success. Saying please and thank you along with good manners are an important aspect of our lives and give us the tools needed to be successful. We teach weekly character lessons and have character assemblies throughout the school year. Character development, like everything else we do, is embedded into our everyday programing.