Special Services for Autism in Houston Area Schools in Texas

Hi friend. I am so excited to bring you some research that one of my clients did that is relocating to the Houston Suburbs. She did some research on the special services for autism that are offered at Katy ISD, Cy-Fair ISD, Tomball ISD, Conroe ISD, and Klein ISD.

And I would like to make a note, that my favorite website for school ratings is the TEA (Texas Education Agency). I personally do not use niche.com or GreatSchools.org.

Special Services for Autism in Katy, Cypress, Conroe, The Woodlands, and Tomball Texas

TEA (Texas Education Association) School District Locator

  • This map gives the exact boundaries of each district in the Houston area.
  • I have added general geographic information to each district.

TEA Academic Performance Reports

  • Includes all demographic and performance data for each district.
  • Can also be used to search for specific schools within the district.
  • Link for each individual school district as well as a brief overview are included below. 

Katy Independent School District -  Far West Houston, Katy Texas

Katy Academic Performance Report 

  • Average class size in elementary school:  18-20
  • Special Education Determination status: Meets requirements
  • (There are 4 rankings: Meets Requirements, Needs Assistance, Needs Intervention & Needs Substantial Intervention)

Autism Services & Behavioral Programs & Supports

  • Special education department specifically for students with autism
  • district employs campus level autism specialists
  • Students with autism are served in a variety of ways including:
    • general education classroom with consultative support from campus and district staff
    • general education classroom with direct instructional services from a special education teacher
    • a combination of general education and self-contained special education classes with consultative and/or direct instructional services
    • self-contained special education classroom with direct instructional services
    • specialized autism programs

Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District - North West Houston, Cypress Texas

CyFair Academic Performance Report

  • Average class size in elementary school:  19-22
  • Special Education Determination status: Meets requirements
  • (There are 4 rankings: Meets Requirements, Needs Assistance, Needs Intervention & Needs Substantial Intervention)

CyFair Parent Guide for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Guide for parents includes information about Autism, print and online resources

Special Education Supports for Students with IEPs

CyFair focuses on in class support for most students with special needs:

  • In-class support provides powerful instructional models which supports both teachers and impacts all students through a shared partnership. Students with disabilities become an integrated member of the class without the distraction and fragmentation of leaving the classroom for parallel services. As a result, all students benefit from the wide range of instructional opportunities that a classroom with two adults can provide.

Special Education/General Education Facilitator

  • Prepare support materials prior to instructional delivery to ensure good first teaching. The need for these materials is identified through the IEP process and collaborative planning between the general education teacher and special populations personnel. May include accommodations, supplementary aids and services and supports for school personnel.

Collaborative Teaching (2 teachers)

  • Collaboration between a general education teacher and a special population’s teacher to jointly plan, deliver, and assess instruction for all students in the general education class. (Who? Certified and/or licensed personnel partnered with the general education teachers).
  • This model allows flexibility when two teachers collaboratively work together in the amount of time and number of days that the support is given. Key to this method is that all collaborative teaching strategies and formats for delivering instruction are vital to the success of good first teaching.

Support Facilitator (Teacher and Paraprofessional)

  • An individual who provides a variety of supports, either to students and/or to the general education teacher, which meets the needs identified through collaborative planning to ensure the success of good first teaching. (Who? Certified special population’s teachers, licensed personnel, such as OT, PT, speech, paraprofessionals, etc.)
  • Cy-Fair Department of Psychological Services also supports students with autism.
  • Consultation with teachers in programs such as PPCD (early childhood), Pre-Kindergarten, Life Skills, and Adaptive Behavior(AB)/ACCESS classes.
  • Consultation also is available to help planning for students with Autism, Traumatic Brain Injury, Tourette’s, Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder, and Conduct Disorder.
  • Liaison with outside agencies and practitioners to ensure continuity of care as students move between the school and hospitals, private therapy, juvenile justice system, and other school districts.

Tomball Independent School District - Far north west Houston, Tomball Texas

  • Falls outside Zip Zone C - hurricane evacuation zone 3
  • Average class size in elementary school: 19-26
  • Special Education Determination status: meets requirements
  • Below state average drop-out rate; Above state average SAT scores
  • 21 % economically disadvantaged students, lower than state average (59%).

TISD Special Education Supports 

Adaptive Behavior Program

  • Program designed to help students gain improved social skills while maintaining academic success. Although the primary focus is on teaching appropriate behaviors, academic instruction is also emphasized.

PASS

Conroe Independent School District  - Far North Houston, Conroe and The Woodlands Texas

  • Falls outside Zip Zone C - hurricane evacuation zone 3
  • Average class size in elementary school: 19-25
  • Special Education Determination status: meets requirements
  • Below state average drop-out rate; Above state average SAT scores
  • 35 % economically disadvantaged students, lower than state average (59%).

CISD Special Education Supports

AIM Autism Intervention an Management

  • The AIM program is designed to meet the needs of students with Autism and other Social/Behavior disorders. The AIM program provides direct instruction to assist students with communication, social skills, and behavioral regulation.

Klein Independent School District - North Houston, Spring and Klein Texas

  • Falls outside Zip Zone C - hurricane evacuation zone 3
  • Average class size in elementary school: 17-19
  • Special Education Determination status: meets requirements
  • Same as state average drop-out rate; above state average SAT scores
  • 40 % economically disadvantaged students, lower than state average (59%).

KISD Special Education Supports

Klein ISD does not have autism specific information on their website, but they do appear to have a shared services arrangement with Autism Grant Parent Resource

This resource:

  • Provides full continuum system of care model for students with ASD.
  • Includes an innovative comprehensive team-based approach for ASD evaluations, advanced Behavior Skills Training (BST), pioneering curriculum frameworks that connect home and school (SCERTS®), and interactive dynamic /static display devices to build self-determination for students with autism from a very young age.

If you are looking for help navigating the schools in the Houston Suburbs, and you are looking to find a home, I hope you reach out to me. Hugs, Jo.


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