The Total Communication (TC) classes service those students who display characteristics that fall within the Autism and Related Disorders Spectrum. They are part of the Structured Teaching Approach for Readiness Skills (S.T.A.R.S.) Program, which is a highly structured teaching approach utilizing assistive technology to encourage independence and increase the student's availability to educational services.
Students in these classes receive intensive Communication Therapy and Assistive Technology services. Many of them also receive Occupational and Physical Therapy services. All clinical services are provided in a collaborative manner and are integrated into a variety of natural environments. Direct pullout services are also provided based on individual student's needs.
All of the students in these classes have severe communication disorders. The majority are functionally nonverbal. Alternative/augmentative communication systems which are used by these students include, but are not limited to, one or more of the following systems: object communication systems; picture communication systems using photographs/picture communication symbols; augmentative communication devices with voice output; sign language; written language; and gesture.
There are currently five Total Communication Classes.