The Project Jumpstart classroom was designed for kindergarten-aged children who require a different instructional and behavior–management strategies than those required to teach typically-developing children. Upon its inception, the parents of Project Jumpstart reported a need for access to professionals who have the heart of a teacher, who can facilitate the development of skills needed to meet their child's needs.
The two primary goals of Project Jumpstart are:
(a) to facilitate the development of critical teacher behaviors necessary for teaching young children with Autism and related characteristics; and
(b) to establish a foundation upon which a sustainable classroom might be built.
To accomplish these goals, the Accessible Behavior team conducts activities across several domains, including :
- Direct teacher training and modeling
- Observational data collection of teachers and students
- Individualized data-based feedback for each teacher
- Criterion-based formative and summative assessments
- Graded online coursework
- Curriculum development and
- Material preparation