The Trellis School

Get Directions14550A York Road
Sparks, MD 21152
Baltimore County
Referral Contact(s):
Stephanie Moore - Education Director 443-330-7900 x814
Disabilities Served:
04 - speech or language impairment, 14 - autism
Capacity of Facility:
MSDE Approval Category:
Type I Special Education
Ages Served:
2 - 13
Grade Range:
Preschool through Grade 8
Private Pay Students Accepted:
Before and/or After School Program:
Nurse on-site (full or part time):
Wheelchair Accessible:
Hours of Operation for School Day:
8:10 - 2:35 pm (M, T, Th, F) 8:10-12:35 (W)
Length of School/Program Year:
12 month
Program Description:
The Trellis School is operated by Trellis Services, LLC. The purpose of the school’s educational program is to build strong foundational communication, learner readiness, academic, social, and play skills in young learners with autism and other language related disorders. The instructional model incorporates the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) with a focus on B.F. Skinner’s Analysis of Verbal Behavior (VB). A VB program captures and contrives a learner’s motivation in order to teach and reinforce new skills. Learner motivation to engage in instructional activities is maintained through the application of effective teaching procedures. Through shaping and reinforcement, appropriate behaviors are strengthened, while inappropriate or less functional behaviors are decreased. Behavior Intervention Plans (BIP) are developed following a Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) to target specific learner needs when warranted. Our learners experience 1:1 and small group instruction throughout their school day. For our preschool learners, the majority of their day is spent in 1:1 instruction devoted to natural environment teaching (NET) and intensive teaching time (ITT). They also participate in small group literacy and enhanced learning experiences (i.e., recreational activities incorporating social, gross motor, and fine arts skills) as well as physical education/health, independent play sessions. Our primary learners (Grades K-2) extend their group experiences to include social studies/science groups, math groups, and also begin to experience independent work/play sessions. Our intermediate learners (Grades 3-8) further extend their experiences to include additional academic groups and community-based instruction. For intermediate learners who demonstrate the ability to acquire skills in small group and independent settings, opportunities for a 1:2 staff to student ratio are made possible, which lend to the approximation of a more traditional classroom setting. Students may be working towards a Maryland High School Diploma and participate in statewide testing or may be working towards a Maryland Certificate of Program Completion and participate in alternative statewide testing. Statewide standardized testing begins in Grade 3. Our enhanced learning experiences are orchestrated as social skills dyads/small groups. These dyads/small groups are taught by a special educator who follows BCPS’ and HCPSS’ curricula related to the areas of Fine Arts to guide instruction; however, the teacher is not necessarily certified in any of those specific content areas. Social skills goals are also incorporated into these groups. Data are collected on selected group skills and reported on periodic progress reports. Additionally, students receive a minimum of 30 minutes of Physical Education/Health provided in small groups by a physical education teacher at least once per week.
Related Services:
speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy (contracted), and music therapy (contracted)
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