Talisman Semesters is an exciting alternative to the traditional academic setting! We acknowledge the unique obstacles challenging students with the autism spectrum diagnosis and strive to create a learning environment that understands and supports those needs. We also teach our students how to advocate for their academic needs and function successfully in a typical classroom.
Talisman has two settings where academic lessons are conducted: campus and trips. The campus setting is more traditional, with students spending some time at desks practicing following typical classroom rules while utilizing a multi-sensory approach and hands-on activities. Campus academics allow teachers and staff the chance to focus on individual needs, practice classroom skills, cover required curriculum, and develop lesson plans for academic excursions. Both on trips and on campus students will follow standard courses of study for Math, Science, Social Studies, and English. Classes will not just stay inside, but also utilize our entire campus for hands-on lessons and projects, learning how to approach and solve academic problems and to work in small groups.
Our purpose is to provide experiential learning opportunities that bring the subject matter to life, and help our students better engage and learn. To this end, we extend the learning process and curriculum beyond the classroom through after-school programming, weekend excursions, and extended learning trips. Program staff and teachers work together to incorporate lesson plans that involve student interests and real-life connections to academic curricula.