North Center for
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Developing Personal Program Plans in NAC

Children with autism usually share common characteristics regarding learning style, impairments in communication, social skill development and challenging behavior. However, there is considerable individual variability in how these characteristics are manifested. Consequently, there is no specific curriculum to teach students with autism.
 Our effective programs in NAC are individualized and based on the unique needs and abilities of each student. A student’s personal program plan includes a combination of objectives from the regular curriculum as well as goals that are unique to the individual. These personal programs are developed in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team directly involved with the student. When developing a student’s personal program, it is important to make adaptations in instruction and classroom management to address the needs of each child.
In addition to individualized objectives, we prepare specific charts for speech therapy, and others for psychomotor and remedial education. It is worth noting that we do not only work on achieving the objectives set during individual sessions, but also on those prepared for class work.

Classes for Children with Autism:

Children with Autism benefit from a multidisciplinary intervention provided by a multidisciplinary team. Because there is no specific curriculum for students with autism, children are divided into classes according to their needs and age.
Our main areas of development are:
- Communicative development
Natural language interventions are followed to teach functional language skills in the social context of their use.
- Social Skills Development
It is intended to enable the student to interact with others in a variety of settings, and to facilitate the development of social opportunities and relationships.
- Behavior development
Children with autism may show some unusual and challenging behaviors, and do not always respond to the usual methods of discipline. Therefore, It is frequently necessary to develop a systematic plan for changing behaviors (inappropriate behaviors).
 - Development of competencies related to autonomy or self-reliance
These competencies can include eating and dressing independently as well as self-reliance at work.


Classes for Adolescents with Autism

NAC also implements programs for teenagers. It aims to integrate teenagers with autism in a social and vocational environment. The main goal is to provide a better quality of life by enhancing communication and interaction in society. Through training and building their skills, these teenagers become active and productive members in community, and may have higher chances of employment in the future.
- The individual Education plan
Targets domains such as cognitive, academic, social, gross motor and fine motor skills, and is tailored to the teenager’s skills and abilities.
- The individualized vocational plan
Focuses more on the skills that teenagers need to be integrated in a particular working environment.


Educational Inclusion:

NAC works on a project to integrate Children with autism in both public and private regular schools.
-  Zgharta Official School
- Antonine Sisters School Khaldieh-Zgharta
NAC delegates employees for each selected school to work as a shadow teacher for the students.



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