ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) Nest Program
"The ASD Nest program is a program for high functioning students with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) that takes place in an integrated co-teaching class in a community school. The ASD Nest program helps children learn how to function well academically, behaviorally and socially in school and in their community. The ASD Nest program provides an educational therapeutic environment in which the requisite supports are provided by a trans-disciplinary team of specially trained educators and therapists."
In the 2016-2017 school year, PS75 continues the growth of the New York City's Department of Education’s ASD NEST Program with 2 classes in each grade, kindergarten through third grade. Next year, we will add fourth grade, and in our final year, we will add fifth grade.
In kindergarten, ASD Nest classes consist of 12 students: 8 general education students and 4 students who have autism.
For first grade through second grade, ASD Nest classes consist of 16 students: 4 students who have autism and 12 general education students.
In third grade through fifth grade, ASD Nest classes may consist of up to 5 students who have autism with 12 general education students.
Two teachers, 1 general education teacher and 1 special education teacher, plan together and share instructional responsibilities. ASD Nest students also receive special education teacher support during all prep periods via the specials that include music, physical education, art, lunch, theater and library.
ASD Nest students receive the programmatic mandates speech and occupational therapy services, along with any other service mandates determined by the student's IEP (Individualized Education Program).
Interdisciplinary Team Meetings are held regularly to discuss and understand each students’ needs and to develop a consistent support plan; teachers, therapists, and administrators all participate.
At PS75, we believe in a positive home-school connection. Our ASD Nest strategies are used throughout the school environment. The input of families is highly valued and considered in the development of a student’s support plan. Parents receive, via our school counselor, Coleen Miller, workshops and resources.
To download the ASD Nest Family Resource Guide 2016 click here.
Applications to the NEST program are made through the Department of Education's website:
Additional information about the ASD Nest program can be found:
http://www.wnyc.org/story/autism-school-academics-learning-human-behavior/ The radio program interviewed an ASD Nest student that started in kindergarten and will be graduating high school this year in the first ASD Nest graduating class.
For more information, please contact:
PS 75 Emily Dickinson School
ASD Nest Program
212-866-5400 ext. 2310