ASD Program

Mission

The mission of the Berrien RESA ASD Program is to provide a positive learning environment, enabling students to achieve and enhance self-confidence, self-esteem, independence, social acceptance, intellectual, and personal growth according to their Individualized Educational Program and Transitional Service Plan.

Berrien RESA participates in the Statewide Autism Resources and Training (START) Project, a collaborative network that involves educators, support professionals, and families who come together to connect, share and grow to better teach students on the autism spectrum. The focus of the START Project is to utilize evidence-based practices in the areas of educational programming, professional development, and parent-professional collaboration.

Guiding Principles:

  • We believe every child can learn through the use of evidence-based strategies.

  • We believe in serving children’s needs through team-based planning and implementation of effective practices.

  • We support our school community with respect and compassion through quality programs, leadership and dedicated partnerships.

Weather Closures

Please check your local news stations for the latest information relative to school closings and delays. Closures and delays are based on the school where your child’s classroom is located.

 

Student holding leash of therapy dog from The Bark Angels Program

This is what success looks like!

Friends from The Bark Angels Therapy Dog Program have been spending time with students in our ASD program to work on social interaction and engagement, and communication. Check out Bark Angel Ava and her handler, Kathryn, visiting with Kwantel!

The Bark Angels are a therapy dog group trained at The Petz Carlton in Benton Harbor.  Each of the certified therapy dogs is handled by a trained volunteer and have current vaccinations and health records.  The Bark Angels Therapy Dogs currently work with several organizations in our community including:
  
Spectrum Health Lakeland
Sonya Ansari Center for Autism at LOGAN
Boys and Girls Club of Benton Harbor
PACE of Southwest Michigan
Berrien Community Foundation
Pine Ridge Rehabilitation and Nursing Center
Therapeutic Equestrian Center
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