Pyramid Autism Center is a California Department of Education State Certified Non-public, Non-profit School founded in 1998 dedicated to serve the needs of children and families touched by autism through the design and delivery of innovative education and support. Our target population is comprised of 5-22 years old with a primary diagnosis of Autism. Pyramid Autism Center utilizes the Pyramid Approach to Education developed by Dr. Andrew Bondy, a world-renowned leader in autism education and research. Our emphasis is upon creating functional activities that stress the use of powerful and on-going reinforcement systems while assuring children can effectively communicate and understand what we expect of them. When such systems are in place, issues associated with behavior management can be effectively addressed. Our view also reflects that the key to long-term behavior management change is the development of alternative skills that serve the child's needs. Our teachers are highly qualified California State Certified Education Specialists trained to educate individuals with Moderate-to-Severe Disabilities. All staff members are trained in contemporary Applied Behavior Analysis procedures, the Pyramid Approach to Education, and the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS). Pyramid Autism Center is a year round day school operating for 180 regular days and 40 extended (summer) days. Overall, Pyramid Autism Center consists of teaching skills that are functional or useful in one or more life domains across educational, community and home environments. Those domains might include Domestic Skills (toilet training, personal hygiene, meal preparation), Functional Academics (use of money in the community, reading functional words/phrases), Community Skills (shopping from a visual list, staying w/the group, safety/sign awareness), Communication Skills (PECS, requesting wants & needs, asking for help), Social Skills (staff/peer greetings, requesting from peers, participating in group games/activities), Gross Motor Skills (engaging in structured outdoor activities, riding a bicycle, walking on a treadmill), Recreation/Leisure Skills (increasing time on task, expanding on student's interests and activities, self-monitoring with timer/clock), Vocational Skills (Off-site Work/Training, housekeeping, skill fluency & rate of production, volunteering), and Behavior Skills (decreasing inappropriate behaviors, increasing functionally equivalent alternative responses, teaching alternative communication strategies).