The Styer-Fitzgerald Program is a comprehensive Assessment and Curriculum that is individualized for your child. The Program is designed to teach your son or daughter the skills needed to be as independent as possible both now and after leaving the school system. The Styer-Fitzgerald Program for Functional Academics developed from the work of Dr. Candice Styer and Suzanne Fitzgerald, M.Ed., who together have more than 35 years of classroom experience teaching students with disabilities as well as other speaking and training experience.
The Program is a result of their collaboration and experience with a range of students in their own classrooms. With increasing numbers of teachers and administrators visiting their classrooms and asking for their materials, the authors decided to move toward publication in order to address the requests and also to reach a wider group of educators.
The Styer-Fitzgerald Program for Functional Academics, Secondary Level first became available in 2009; the Elementary Level followed in 2010. Since then, the Styer-Fitzgerald Program has reached hundreds of classrooms across the country and has had a profound impact on students, their families, and educators.
The Styer-Fitzgerald Program for Functional Academics is a complete K–Transition Program which provides a comprehensive approach to teaching real world skills to students with mild, moderate, and severe disabilities including autism. It is specifically designed to meet the needs of students with a variety of developmental disabilities. The skills targeted in the Curriculum have been chosen for the explicit purpose of increasing your child’s level of independence in order to enable access to his/her community. The Styer-Fitzgerald Program for Functional Academics:
Philosophy of the Styer-Fitzgerald Program for Functional Academics
Beliefs about Learning
All students can learn and move towards experiencing their greatest potential:
Beliefs about Teaching
The effectiveness of those who teach students with special needs increases when the teaching materials they use:
The Curriculum is the teacher’s primary guide to teaching each of the content areas, for collecting progress-tracking data from daily instruction, and for knowing the sequence of instruction using the student’s assessment (determined starting point) and subsequent progress.
The Elementary Curriculum contains:
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