There are few data-driven resources to support social and emotional learning (SEL) for students with high-functioning autism spectrum disorders. This lack of effective SEL instruction strongly contributes to academic difficulties and poor post-school outcomes for this population.
With funding from the Small Business Innovation Research program at the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences, the Ivymount School and 3C Institute partnered to develop the Ivymount Social Cognition Instructional Package, or the IvySCIP. The IvySCIP takes a social cognitive approach to intervention, focusing not only on teaching students necessary skills—the “how” of social and emotional learning—but also emphasizing the rationale underlying each of these skills—the “why” of social and emotional learning.
IvySCIP offers a comprehensive software solution to guide educators in making informed decisions regarding SEL instruction. The IvySCIP process includes evaluating students’ SEL strengths and needs, identifying instructional priorities, developing SEL IEP goals, accessing instructional tips and implementation strategies, and tracking students’ progress.
IvySCIP has received strong endorsements from educators, and the White House lauded IvySCIP as one of the “next generation of assessments in education.”
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IvySCIP gives teachers and related services providers an opportunity to track data and truly identify the specific areas of need for our students on the autism spectrum.