Because the effects of autism can be difficult for children, a school environment specifically for children with autism can offer services beyond the scope of special education in public schools.

The Trellis School, located in Sparks Maryland, is designed to provide therapeutic interventions tailored to children with autism.


y About Our School

We are a Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE)-approved and Maryland Association of Nonpublic Special Education Facilities (MANSEF)-affiliated, non-public preschool and elementary school for children in pre-kindergarten to eighth grade.

The school’s educational program is designed to build strong foundational communication, learner readiness, academic, social and play skills in young learners with autism and other language related disorders. Students are engaged in learning activities in natural play environments as well as in structured, seated work sessions and groups as appropriate to their age and ability levels. One-on-one instruction allows a learner’s motivation to be captured in order to teach and reinforce new skills.

Program Details

The school is broken down into nursery (ages 2 – 4), kindergarten and grades 1-8. We are able to serve students with he following educational disabilities; 14-autism, 15-developmental delay, 04-speech and language impairment and 01-intellectual disability.

Our students have a range of goals and may be working towards a Maryland High School Diploma and participate in statewide assessments (i.e., PARCC) or may be working towards a Maryland Certificate of Program Completion and participate in alternative statewide testing. We begin statewide standardized testing in third grade.

a Instructional Model

The Trellis School incorporates the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) with a focus on B.F. Skinner’s Analysis of Verbal Behavior (VB). The program captures a learner’s motivation in order to teach and reinforce new skills. The Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP) and/or the Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills-Revised (ABLLS-R) are used as curriculum and skills tracking guides, along with the Maryland State Curriculum and Maryland College and Career Readiness Standards (MCCRS).

DSC_1035_editWe continually monitor progress and the mastery of goals and targets of our students by collecting data daily. Behavior Intervention Plans (BIP) are developed following a Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) to target specific learner needs when warranted. Team meetings with parental participation are held annually, and parents receive periodic progress reports. Trellis stresses open communication with families and invites parents to come in often throughout the year to discuss progress. Administrators, teachers and other staff are always available to discuss current goals and encourage generalization of skills across school and home environments.

G Public School Partnerships

Trellis also partners with school districts to provide services for students with autism through programs co-located in public schools. Our school partnerships can be an integral part of a school district’s continuum of care for students with autism. We can provide both managed classrooms and consultation services. Contact us to learn more.