The mission of Palm Beach School for Autism’s Middle School Program is to provide students in grades 6-8 with autism spectrum disorder a developmentally appropriate education that builds on the strengths and needs of each individual student. Our middle school program utilizes a multidisciplinary approach incorporating applied behavior analysis (ABA), speech/language therapy, and sensory strategies infused throughout the school day. We are a communication focused program using a total communication approach encouraging our students to express their wants, needs, and interests at every possible opportunity. We utilize a collaborative approach involving dedicated and professionally competent teachers and staff, therapists, as well as families and caregivers. The small teacher to student ratio together with teaching expertise in the field of autism will serve to best address each child’s strengths and needs. We have specialized classrooms in our middle school program for students with high functioning autism/Aspergers. These classrooms use whole group teaching as the primary mode of instruction. In addition to our existing curriculum, we incorporate an enriched technology-based curriculum to support the added needs of these students. Our middle school students have weekly access to our “apartment learning center” where they are able to learn activities of daily living such as cooking, cleaning, laundry, and organizational skills. The focus is to teach each student the skills necessary to become independent young adults who can participate in their community, home life and social activities to the best of their ability. Our middle school students have jobs throughout and across our school campus to help foster pre-vocational skills as well as generalize communication and learning. Every middle school classroom also participates in weekly physical education as well as music and movement programming.