The ASD Nest Program elementary school model supports school-age students with ASD in both developing academic skills and building their social competencies. The Nest program provides a safe, inclusive environment where students are valued as individuals and learn alongside their general education peers while developing foundational skills for continued success in school.
The ASD Nest Model Mission
The ASD Nest Model is designed for students with ASD who are able to do grade-level academic work, the ASD Nest classroom, while utilizing the standard NYC curriculum, creates a fully inclusive therapeutic environment that uses positive behavior support, targeted instructional strategies and specialized social interventions to make inclusion work. The ASD Nest school and district provide the necessary structures and supports; these include smaller class size, co-taught classes, pre-service training and on-site support on Nest practices, regular interdisciplinary team meetings to promote consistency across all settings, and a strong home-school collaboration.