PBES Autism Program

PBES is once again honored to be among the seven elementary schools selected as an Autism Program Site in the Prince George's County Public School (PGCPS) System.  PGCPS's Autism Programs provide specialized services to dynamic, thoughtful and insightful young students who are among our community's and nation's most vulnerable yet promising population.

What Is Autism?

According to the Autism Society, Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental disability; signs typically appear during early childhood and affect a person’s ability to communicate, and interact with others. ASD is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a “spectrum condition” that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. There is no known single cause of autism, but increased awareness and early diagnosis/intervention and access to appropriate services/supports lead to significantly improved outcomes. Some of the behaviors associated with autism include delayed learning of language; difficulty making eye contact or holding a conversation; difficulty with executive functioning, which relates to reasoning and planning; narrow, intense interests; poor motor skills’ and sensory sensitivities. Again, a person on the spectrum might follow many of these behaviors or just a few, or many others besides. The diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder is applied based on analysis of all behaviors and their severity.

In 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued their ADDM autism prevalence report. The report concluded that the prevalence of autism had risen to 1 in every 68 births in the United States – nearly twice as great as the 2004 rate of 1 in 125 – and almost 1 in 54 boys. The spotlight shining on autism as a result has opened opportunities for the nation to consider how to serve families facing a lifetime of supports for their children. In June 2014, researchers estimated the lifetime cost of caring for a child with autism is as great as $2.4 million. The Autism Society estimates that the United States is facing almost $90 billion annually in costs for autism. (This figure includes research, insurance costs and non-covered expenses, Medicaid waivers for autism, educational spending, housing, transportation, employment, related therapeutic services and caregiver costs.)

Know the signs: Early identification can change lives

Autism is treatable. Children do not “outgrow” autism, but studies show that early diagnosis and intervention lead to significantly improved outcomes. For more information on developmental milestones, visit the CDC’s “Know the Signs. Act Early” site.

HERE ARE SOME SIGNS TO LOOK FOR IN THE CHILDREN IN YOUR LIFE:

  • Lack of or delay in spoken language
  • Repetitive use of language and/or motor mannerisms (e.g., hand-flapping, twirling objects)
  • Little or no eye contact
  • Lack of interest in peer relationships
  • Lack of spontaneous or make-believe play
  • Persistent fixation on parts of objects

PBES Services

  • Conduct Assessments & Evaluations
  • Create individually designed plans of instruction
  • Implement PGCPS Support Programs
  • Provide Related Services such as Audiology, Occupational and Physical Therapy and Speech Language Pathology

PGCPS Support Programs and Related Services address specific student needs through the use of  pre-referral consultations, assessments, interventions and/or supports to school teams for program planning and training. Support Programs and Related Services can provide strategies, accommodations, and technical support as well as monitoring and maintenance of any equipment to enhance the student’s ability to access and participate in his/her educational program.

In addition to individualized instruction and adaptation of the general education curriculum, PBES offers:
1. Adapted Physical Education (APE)
2. Occupational Therapy (OT)
3. Physical Therapy (PT)
4. Speech services
5. ESOL (for dually recognized special education and English language learners) 

PBES Autism Progam & Chinese Language Instruction

Coming Soon...


September 19, 2017

PBES Autism Student Sings in Chinese

Here is an adorable home video of a 1st grade PBES Autism student singing in Chinese after only TWO WEEKS of school at Paint Branch Elementary!  According to his parents, he had not received any Chinese language instruction before he transferred to PBES in September 2017!  His teacher says that he LOVES the 30 minutes of Chinese language instruction that he receives twice a week with his classmates in their self-contained classroom environment. WOW, truly amazing...Our PBES teachers and students are AWESOME!


Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Resources

Autism Society

What Is Autism?

¿Qué es Autismo?

Autism Speaks

Additional Resources Coming Soon...



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♥PBES Autism Program Gallery Of Pictures♥


June 14, 2018

PBES PTA gifts PBES Autism students with backpacks and emoji key chains

PBES PTA gifted more than 60 students in the PBES Autism Program with custom-made drawstring backpacks bearing our school's name and meaningful artwork, along with super-cool emoji key chains!  PBES families can proudly carry their "Paint Branch Elementary School Autism" backpacks with beautiful artwork containing wonderful words that describe our phenomenal children!  PBES PTA congratulates each student for completing another school year, and for a job well done!

We want to send a special thanks to Dan Hopkins Designs - the original creator of this powerful image/artwork & backpack; and Bern and Kelly Jordan, for their extremely generous contribution to our PTA Autism Program budget, which comprised more than half of the cost of the backpacks.

PBES PTA supports our PBES Autism Program and seeks to increase Autism Awareness...every day of every year.  CLICK HERE to ⇒DONATE  ANY AMOUNT to our PTA in support of our PBES Autism Program!  Thank you for your continued support!



April 10, 2018

PBES Staff & Students Support Autism Awareness Month

Upon returning from Spring Break, PBES Staff and Students #LightItUpBlue for Autism Awareness Month!

PBES PTA supports our PBES Autism Program and seeks to increase Autism Awareness...every day of every year.  CLICK HERE to ⇒DONATE  ANY AMOUNT to our PTA in support of our PBES Autism Program!  Thank you for your continued support!


March - April 2018

Autism Awareness Fundraiser

During the months of March and April, PBES PTA is selling Treat Boxes to raise money for our PBES Autism Program!  PBES PTA will donate 50% of all money raised to our PBES Autism Program to support our students and  staff.  Our PTA Treat Boxes are stuffed with wonderful snacks and delicious goodies!  We're selling them for $5 each - and we're also accepting donations in any amount.  Thank you for your support!


March - April 2018

PBES Arts Integration

All PBES Students demonstrate understanding of other academic disciplines through their artwork.  Check out some of the artwork from our Autism students!  Have you ever seen plants growing without soil from a bulletin board?  PBES students are AMAZING!!! #PBESartsintegration #growyourawareness #springintoart #welcomesunnydays #BEEagoodfriend #underseacollage #creativity #collaboration #criticalthinking #communication #globalunderstanding



⇒AWESOME VIDEO ALERT: This young aspiring chef based in Maryland proves that having Autism does not have to get in the way of your dreams!

Published By: Jeremiah Josey (Jeremiah's Cooking Adventures) on July 25, 2018



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