• Autistic Support and Life Skills Support 
    Program Descriptions - Methacton High School

    The purpose of these programs is to increase student knowledge and ability in skills necessary for everyday living. Topics included will be functional reading and math, consumerism, money management, housing, food, marketing and preparation, clothing choices and care, self-assessment relating to others, post-secondary education, careers, and employment. 

    Autistic Support – An emphasis on building social skills and interactions within the above described program will be stressed.  Our goal is to provide a range of techniques that promote cognition, social and play skills, independence, communication, and functional development.

    Life Skills Support – An emphasis on building adult living skills within the above described program will be stressed.  Our goal is to provide instruction in functional living in order for our students to be successful in the adult world upon graduation.

    Course Descriptions (Course Numbers) 
    (All Adapted Courses meet every day, year round, unless otherwise noted.)
    Adapted English/Reading (2001) 
    Functional reading materials are used in the classroom to help support the Life Skills learner.  Students are exposed to different types of literature (fiction, non-fiction, real world reading).  Students use the computer to enhance their reading experience through various programs.  Phonics and spelling are taught as well.  As skills progress, students may be taught how to structure and write complete sentences and paragraphs.

    The Edmark Reading Program is used with learners who are reading below the 1st grade level.  The Edmark Reading Program uses a whole-word approach, with short instructional steps, consistent repetition and positive reinforcement to ensure that students experience success.

    The Challenger Adult Reading Series is used with learners who have shown competence at or above the 1st grade level.  Each level 1-8 contains short stories, comprehension questions, word work, cloze activities, a writing book, and a puzzle book which reinforces lesson vocabulary. 

    Real World Reading (PCI Education) is used with those students approaching graduation.  Real World Reading is written at the 3rd-5th grade level.  The reading includes those things the student needs to be aware of to be successful in the community.  This series includes topics such as menus, labels, maps, bills, and web-sites. 

     Adapted Math (2002)
    Functional math materials are used based on the individual needs of the learner.  Topics include basic operations, time, money, measurement, banking, shopping, and problem solving.  Pre-algebra topics are covered for students who intend to enroll in the regular education Algebra 1 class. 

    Students also use various computer programs and apps to enhance and practice math skills and concepts.

    Some math curriculums currently used in the classroom include:     

    • Learning Basic Mathematics (Phoenix Learning Resources) - Books 1-5 cover topics such as numbers & numeration, computation, measurement & money, and fractions. The skills taught cover approximately grades K-3.
    • Learning Skills Series: Mathematics (Phoenix Learning Resources) - Books A-D cover topics such as operations, money, graphing, fractions, and geometry.  The skills taught cover approximately grades 2-7.  The series is flexible, to allow for a wide range of ability age, and interest levels found in a multi-age, multi-level classroom.  The reading level is low, allowing for focus to be on math, not reading or writing.
    • Essential Math Skills (Phoenix Learning Resources) - Written at grade level 4-5, this book covers all basic math skills, such as whole numbers, decimals, fractions, percent, measurement, graphs/formula, geometry and rational numbers/equations.
    • Basic Math Practice (PCI Education) -Six books in this series cover the following topics: 1 - Number Concepts; 2 - Number Operations; 3 – Measurement; 4 – Tables, Charts & Graphs; 5 – Rounding, Reasonableness & Estimation; 6 – Fractions, Decimals & Percents.
    • Basic Mathematics (Pacemaker) - Written at grade level 3-4, this book covers whole numbers, basic arithmetic operations, as well as simple geometry and algebra.
    • Pre-Algebra (Pacemaker) - Written at grade level 3-4, this comprehensive program is designed as a foundation for algebra.  This program is only used for students planning to enroll in Algebra 1.
    Community Studies (2005) 
    Current topics are explored through the News-2-You curriculum.  News-2-You is a symbol-supported, simple text electronic newspaper.  Each weekly issue is wrapped around a newsworthy and subject appropriate current event topic.  Activities change from week to week, but include reading and math, as well as social studies and science.  
     
    Everyday Living (2011) 
    Functional materials are used based on the needs of the group of learners.  Topics include running a household, using a kitchen, preparing and buying for meals, clothing care, budgeting, insurance, job skills, effective communication, using a newspaper, consumerism, and functional computer/tablet use.
     
    Practical Applications (2010) 
    Following morning meetings, students participate in one of three curriculums – pre-vocational, technology, and wood shop.  Students will spend approximately one-third of the school year in each curriculum. 
     
    Methacton Works (2015) 
    The purpose of this program is to help the students learn the vocational skills they will need to get a job when they graduate.  Hands-on learning focuses on job readiness skills needed in such industries as retail, clerical, grocery, and food service.  The program is accessible to students from all ability levels giving each student the sense of confidence and knowledge they need to be successful in a working environment. 
     
    Transitions (2015)
    As the students near graduation, additional skills are taught to help them make the transition from a school environment to a working environment.  Although many skills are taught, the main emphasis is on developing the habits and attitudes that will enable the student to obtain and keep a job after graduation. These include following directions, doing good quality work, doing an acceptable quantity of work, accepting criticisms both positive and negative, good attendance and punctuality, and other attributes that make a good worker.  Simulations and role playing are used to help the student experience real life situations that they would encounter in the work place. Students also explore using a cash register and working with money to further enhance both their social and math skills.

    The following electives are taught in a small group by teachers certified in the specific subject areas as noted.

    Adapted PE (0020/0022) and Adapted Health (2012) 
    Adapted PE is offered to students who physically and/or developmentally struggle with keeping up with the fast pace of the regular education high school PE class.  Adapted PE focuses on fine and gross motor skills, working cooperatively with others and learning how to play games/sports safely.  Activities differ from year to year.  Past activities have included: floor hockey, soccer, tennis, badminton, golf, softball, swimming and use of the weight room.

    Adapted Health focuses on the physical, social and psychological health of students with developmental disabilities.  Past units have included: social relationships, personal hygiene, managing stress, responsibility and goal setting.

    **Adapted PE and Adapted Health are yearlong courses that meet every other day and alternate with each other.**

    Adapted Guitar (0963/0964) 
    Adapted Guitar provides students the opportunity to explore musical interests.  Students learn rhythm through many instruments, including percussion.  They are taught basic chords on the guitar.  The students present a culmination of learning during a musical presentation in the spring.
     
     Adapted Art (2106)
    Adapted Art focuses on using fine motor skills in a creative setting.  Various materials and mediums are used throughout the year, such as acrylic and water colors, pastels, colored pencils, and markers.  Art projects are put out for display in the hallways before being sent home.

     **Adapted Guitar and Adapted Art are yearlong courses that meet every other day and alternate with each other.**