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S.T.A.R.S. Autism Program
Specialized Teaching for students with Autism and Resource Support
Our Mission:
To provide educational services to school-aged students diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, in an academic environment that fosters acceptance, independence, and success.
Program Components
* Academic Instruction using Ohio’s Academic Content Standards, including the Extended standards, as applicable,
* Inclusion opportunities available, including academic, extracurricular, reverse mainstream, and/or social skills groups,
* Highly trained staff utilize both Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and TEACCH structures,
* Community and Vocational Development,
* Communication & Assistive Technology,
* Social & Behavioral Skill Development,
* Sensory Integration,
* Academic Development,
* Parental Involvement & Trainings (including home visits),
* Recreation & Leisure Skills, & Adaptive Physical Education
Staff Philosophy
The most effective way to educate children is through a multi-methodological approach.
All students should have access to the Ohio Academic Content Standards, including the Extended Standards. Curriculum materials should be modified to progress student learning.
Skill development is imperative to student success: attention, imitation, communication and language, social relationships, symbolic play, imagination, self-regulation, & fine/gross motor.
All behavior has a communicative purpose and it is our responsibility to assess and strive to determine the communicative intent of each behavior.
All students should be respected as intelligent individuals and be challenged to meet their fullest potential.
Families need to be active partners in their child’s education process.
Vocational education is an important part of educational programming.
Community participation, involvement, and awareness is essential for student success.
Program Information:
Program Personnel:

* Program Director
* Certified Intervention Specialists
* Trained Paraprofessionals
* Occupational Therapists
* Speech Language Pathologists
* Adaptive Physical Education Teacher
* Certified Behavior Analyst 
* County Nurse

Classrooms Locations: 
Cardinal Local School District:
- AJ Jordak Elementary
- Cardinal Middle School
- Cardinal High School
Kenston Local School District: 
- Timmons Elementary
West Geauga Local School District:
- West Geauga High School 
Program Supervisor:  Alanna Hruska 
Email: [email protected]
Mobile: 440.781.2922
Office: 440.350.2563

Geauga County Educational Service Center 
8221 Auburn Road
Painesville, Ohio 44077 
Geauga County Education Service Center
8221 Auburn Road Painesville, Ohio 44077 | Phone: (440) 350-2563 | Fax: (440) 352-6066
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