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Communication & Social Skills (CaSS) Program for Adolescents with Asperger's Syndrome

The Challenge

To create an effective, comprehensive educational setting for students with Asperger's Syndrome, which is an illness marked in part by delays and challenges in social interaction, language development, formation of abstract ideas, communication skills, and adaptation to change.

The Response

Approaching Autism Spectrum Disorders through the Application of Montessori Principles of Human Development

Pilot Project

MIP and the New York State's Education Department's Board of Cooperative Services (Monroe-2 Orleans) developedĀ  the Communication & Social Skills (CaSS) Program for Adolescents with Asperger's Syndrome. In 2009, declared by the New York State Department of Education designated CaSS as an Effective Practice Site and among the SĀ³TAIR Project Clearinghouse of Effective Practices in Special Education.

The Results

  • Love of Learning & Going to School
  • Development of Self-Esteem
  • Flourishing Friendships
  • Diminishing Fears of Exploration
  • Acceptance of Changes
  • Less Dependence on Medications
  • Better Development of Abstract Concepts
  • Stronger Sense of Self
  • Fewer Temper Tantrums
  • Enhanced Communication Skills
  • More Frequent Participation in Family Activities
  • Healthy Changes in Nutrition Patterns

Hear more about this special education program, designed to help children with Autism Spectrum Conditions and other Special Needs, by emailing us today at, for a consultation.


What the Parents Say

"In the past, Ryan had been fairly successful in learning rote memorization. Since starting this program, I have begun to feel as though he's beginning to internalize his learning. He is showing an increase in awareness of the world around him and is starting to make real connections."
-- Kim

"There are many differences between Matthew's previous curriculum and the CaSS program, mostly involving dignity and self-esteem. Matthew was completely isolated by his peers in his previous setting. Placing him in the CaSS program gave him a sense of community, independence, and confidence by encouraging and teaching acceptable social skills. CaSS has been a good stepping stone to adulthood."
-- Geoffrey

What the Children Say

"CaSS is a great program because it gives us a safe place to learn. Some of us have been able to make friends and feel accepted for the first time."
-- Justin

"People always used to assume I did what I did on purpose and punish me for it. This year people take time to try and understand me and that has made a big difference. I have found I can be me and not some perfect me."
-- Mike