The Styer-Fitzgerald Program

Styer-Fitzgerald Program for Functional Academics© 



 
 

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What is the Styer-Fitzgerald Program for Functional Academics©?

 

Created by teachers for teachers, the Styer-Fitzgerald Program is the key to special education for K-12 and transition students with mild, moderate and severe disabilities, including autism.

With 14 Elementary and 13 Secondary basic academic and life skills content areas, the program creates a cohesive learning experience across multiple grades.  The easy-to-administer Assessment links directly to the Curriculum, and the program encourages students to be as independent as possible while eliminating repetitive busywork.

 

Assess

Conduct thorough assessments to measure the present level of performance and appropriate placement in each Curriculum content unit, with superior tools, such as: 

- A Present Levels of Performance (PLOP) chart with skill-sequenced levels in 12 Academic and Life Skills units and information on Community Based Training and Independent Skills evaluation.

- The assessment sequence for each content unit.

- Separate assessments for each skill-sequenced step in each unit.

- Prompt, response, and scoring instructions for each assessment.

- Materials needed for each assessment.

-The Curriculum Flow Chart for each unit showing the link between PLOP level and appropriate Curriculum lesson.

Teach

Teach real-world functional academic and life skills to special needs students with Elementary and Secondary curricula units that include: Functional Reading Skills, Colors, Shapes, Location Concepts, Computer Skills, Writing Skills, Time-Telling Skills, Calendar, Money Management (Bills), Money Management (Coins), Calculator Skills, Phone Skills, Community Based Training, Independent Skills, Budgeting and Banking, Time Management, Multi-skill Application, Prevocational Skills

Report

See instant data on your students' progress and make informed decisions on their next steps

Provide reports and share relevant data securely with your teaching staff and parents

Track teaching staff performance and give them collaboration tools to keep on track

Customizable data collection means you can track as much or as little as you need to keep your class on task and making forward progress

 

Who is it for?

  1. Teachers
  2. Teacher-trained paraprofessionals
  3. Peer tutors as they work with individual students
 

Why should you use it?

The Styer-Fitzgerald program is a comprehensive program that gives educators much needed tools for teaching students with special needs such as autism.  

Each content area unit includes multiple lessons and:

  • Skill-sequenced Flow Chart linking Present Levels of Performance assessment to the related curriculum lessons
  • Skill sequence list
  • Chart showing goals for every lesson with a sample short-term objective for each.
  • Instructional guidelines
  • Materials to use for each lesson
  • Individual lesson instructions with prompt, desired response, correction procedure, data collection instructions, and example data sheet with sample data


The program includes an easy to use Teaching Guide:

  • Guidelines for using each component of the Styer-Fitzgerald Program.
  • An overview of how the components work together.
  • ABA-based teaching strategies.
  • Progress data collection procedures.
  • Instructions for developing and updating IEPs.
  • A copy of a student Curriculum Progress Guide with explanation of its use.
  • A cross reference chart showing the interface between the Elementary and Secondary curriculum units (for continuous, uninterrupted student progress). 

 

Top Ten Reasons School Districts Choose the Styer-Fitzgerald Program for Functional Academics©: 

10.   The easy-to-administer assessment generates concise Present Levels of Performance and determines individualized
         placement in the curriculum providing measurable IEP goals.

  9.    Structure and organization minimizes student and staff downtime. 

  8.    The user-friendly data system shows daily progress across all academic programs.

  7.    Instruction methods use best practices and research-based teaching strategies.

  6.    The model maximizes the full potential of each student and ensures accountability.

  5.    Lesson plans support CCSS and alternate state assessments. 

  4.    The elementary and secondary curricula provide a much-needed cohesiveness for students from kindergarten through
          transition age.

  3.    Teaching functional academics in context ensures maintenance and generalization. 

  2.    The curriculum actively engages students with mild, moderate, and severe developmental disabilities, including autism.

         And the #1 reason school districts choose the Styer-Fitzgerald Program for Functional Academics is...

  1.    The Styer-Fitzgerald Program for Functional Academics was developed by teachers for teachers and has a proven track
         record in programs for students with a variety of disabilities.

 

How does it work?

Delivered through our innovative UnitusTI cloud software.  Access from any device, anywhere in the world.

The Styer-Fitzgerald Program for Functional Academics© is delivered via subscription to the UnitusTI cloud. The therapy involves a process of assessment and the creation of an individual protocol specifically designed for the needs of the individual client.  With leading-edge data collection, staff and client management tools and the Program built right into UnitusTI, you can focus on the teaching, anytime, anywhere. 

  • See instant data on your students' progress and make informed decisions on their next steps
  • Provide reports and share relevant data securely with your teaching staff and parents
  • Track teaching staff performance and give them collaboration tools to keep on track
  • Customizable data collection means you can track as much or as little as you need to keep your class on task and making forward progress
Subscribe to UnitusTI, receive personalized training, log in, load student and school data and begin working. Take data through any device or computer and share student progress instantly with HIPAA/Ferpa friendly security.  

Subscribe to UnitusTI, receive personalized training, log in, load student and school data and begin working. Take data through any device or computer and share student progress instantly with HIPAA/Ferpa friendly security.  

 

Find out more...

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Creators of the Styer-Fitzgerald Program for Functional Academics

Suzanne Fitzgerald, Author/President of SDES

Specially Designed Education Services (SDES) is focused on providing products, training, & consultation related to programming for students with moderate to severe disabilities including autism. We provide training and consultation related to the implementation of The Styer-Fitzgerald  Program for Functional Academics. We also work with teams to address child-specific concerns (initial programming, planning for communication, behavior, etc.), as well as classroom set-up and scheduling. We provide pre-scheduled workshops and webinars as well as district-wide trainings on location. 

Learnmore about SDES here: www.sdesworks.com

 

Candice Styer, Author/Consultant to SDES

Specially Designed Education Services (SDES) is focused on providing products, training, & consultation related to programming for students with moderate to severe disabilities including autism. We provide training and consultation related to the implementation of The Styer-Fitzgerald  Program for Functional Academics. We also work with teams to address child-specific concerns (initial programming, planning for communication, behavior, etc.), as well as classroom set-up and scheduling. We provide pre-scheduled workshops and webinars as well as district-wide trainings on location. 

Learnmore about SDES here: www.sdesworks.com