14550A York Road
Sparks, MD 21152
04 - speech or language impairment, 14 - autism, 15 - developmental delay
Capacity of Facility:
MSDE Approval Category:
Type I Special Education
2 - 12
Preschool through Grade 5
Private Pay Students Accepted:
Before and/or After School Program:
Nurse on-site (full or part time):
Hours of Operation for School Day:
Mon - Fri - 8:00 - 4:00pm
Length of School/Program Year:
The Trellis School is operated by Trellis Services. The purpose of the school's early intervention and elementary programs is to build strong foundational communication, social, learner readiness, academic and play skills in young learners with autism and related communication disorders. Through shaping and reinforcement, appropriate behaviors are strengthened while inappropriate or less functional behaviors are decreased. Students are engaged in learning activities in natural play environments, seated 1:1 work times, and group instruction.
The instructional model incorporates the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis with a focus on B.F. Skinner's Analysis of Verbal Behavior. A VB program captures and contrives a learner's motivation in order to teach and reinforce new skills. Leaner motivation to engage in instructional activities is maintained through the application of effective teaching procedures. The Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP) and Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills-Revised (ABLLS-R) are used as curricula and skills tracking guides, along with the Common Core Curricula Frameworks and Maryland State Curriculum. Instruction is individualized, with a 1:1 learner: instructor ratio in all but one classroom which maintains a 1:2 ratio. Data is taken daily to monitor progress and mastery of goals and targets. Behavior Intervention Plans are developed following a functional analysis to target specific learner needs when warranted. Team meetings with parental participation are held to review progress, discuss current goals, and encourage generalization of skills across school and home environments.
Speech and language therapy, occupational therapy.