TAP is known for being different. In fact, we are “proud to be different”. Our approach is about our students first and foremost. For our younger students, we greatly value the input of the family. As our student’s age, we offer them many choices about what they learn and how they learn. Our students help plan activities, outings and projects which allows them to take ownership of their lives.
- Learning should be individualized and occur across all developmental domains: Our students come to us with very diverse and specialized needs. We strive to work with each student at their level while maintaining both developmentally and age-appropriate activities. We look for opportunities to teach the "whole student".
- Therapy should be collaborative: The Autism Project makes every effort to collaborate with families and other professionals delivering therapeutic activities to the student. We realize that collaboration is essential to progress and ensures consistency within programming.
- An eclectic approach leads to the greatest progress: The Autism Project does not exclusively follow any one particular treatment approach, but rather employs multiple techniques to best suit the individual. We pride ourselves on using the best practices available for students on the spectrum; in that, we realize what may work for one student may not work for another. Some of the treatment approaches commonly utilized in our therapies include TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and Related Communication-Handicapped Children), Sensory Integration, Social Stories, PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System), Incidental Teaching, Floor time, Discrete Trial Training, Montessori and Daily Life Therapy.