Spectrum Innovates Pathway Program: Fall Curriculum


Course Description

The Spectrum Innovates Pathway Program (SIPP) was created to “address the autistic community’s employment crisis and the forecast shortage of technicians in the aeronautics industry over the next twenty years.” SIPP is a “prototypal transition pathway program for those on the autism spectrum who share a common passion for aeronautics.” The primary goals of this program are to prepare students for success in higher education and to enter the workforce in advanced technician roles. This program is a partnership between NPF Nexus and Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology. The program runs for 12 months. There is a 6-week orientation, two academic semesters, and a 6-week residency experience. This collection is composed of two documents for the SIPP fall semester. These include a 36-page list of weekly activity plans and a 30-page document with social-emotional learning (SEL) concepts and skills. The weekly activity plans document provides learner goals, instructor goals, a lesson plan, reflection exercises, innovation hub and academic information, a material list, and resources about educating students on the autism spectrum for each week of the semester. Topics covered include organizational strategies, neurodiversity, social awareness skills, relationship skills, and more. The SEL concepts and skills document provides a list of social and emotional concepts, and the skills and resources required to learn them. Concepts include emotions, thoughts, behaviors, values, attitudes, and more. Skills range from journaling to a conscious identification of these concepts.

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Eleanore Bednarsh

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