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Autism Program

Welcome to the Van Buren Autism Progam!

Mrs. Beth Chie and Mrs. Dawn Stamper

We are excited about the new school year and working with your child.

I want to provide you with my philosophy for teaching:

  • I want children to enjoy the learning process through large group, small group, and individual activities.
  • I believe in modeling positive behavior and being a good role model to others
  • I believe in positive reinforcement (verbal, non-verbal and tangible).
  • I believe in open communication between parents, students, and teacher through the use of  class tag electronic communication and a “home note” system and . The “DAISY” folder also is used as a log to write questions, concerns, changes and achievements that you want to share with us about your child.
  • Most of all I believe in having a fun time with children through a variety of activities which range from music, stories, puppets, art projects, sensory fun, choice time, gross and fine motor.

I am pleased to have the opportunity to welcome you and your child to my class. We are better known as Mrs. Beth and Mrs. Stamper which has helped make the relationship progress easier for your child and us. We use a team approach in the classroom and a variety of teaching techniques. PEC’S, ABA, TEACCH, and Floor Time are a few that we focus on. The students are enriched daily with a target on communication, play, and socialization with peers and adults; along with pre-academic readiness skills, gross and fine motor skill development.

Please feel to contact me at anytime with questions or concerns. I strongly believe in open communication. I can be reached at bechie@vanburenschools.net or 734-697-9361.

Mrs. Beth

School Hours

AM Session is 8:20-11:20
PM Session 12:10-3:10


Mrs. Beth Chie

I have been working with children of all ages and abilities for the past twenty-two years. I am happy to be part of the Haggerty ECDC staff for the past eleven years within the Autism program. I have a degree in Special Education for students with Emotional Impairments with a minor and masters in Early Childhood along with an endorsement in Autism, which has increased my enjoyment and awareness for children’s needs. 

On a personal note, I am married and have three children. My son Chris is happily married and working along with finishing school. I have two daughters who keep me busy and on my toes. Clare attends Michigan State University. Paige is in high school and enjoys golf and softball. They are the light of my life along with my husband David. I enjoy spending time with family and friends. My favorite vacation spots are up north on Lake Michigan in Leland or Gaylord. As a family we like to be outdoors, snowmobiling, golfing, playing games, reading and relaxing.


Mrs. D. Stamper Paraprofessional for ASD program

We are happy to have Mrs. Dawn Stamper as our paraprofessional. She has been with the district for nineteen years. Mrs. Stamper has worked with a variety of ages and abilities of students. She has worked at ECDC for nine years with the Early Childhood Developmental program and Autism. She has been married for thirty-one wonderful years. Mrs. Stamper has two beautiful daughters that are the light of her life along with her husband. She is happy that her daughter is part of the ECDC staff. Her biggest news and excitement is she is new "Nana" to a daughter.


Schedule AM  

8:20 Students arrive

  • Are walked to the classroom by staff (paraprofessional or teacher)

8:20-9:00 Work time and Choice

  • Work time: (small group and one-on-one)
    Literacy, math, arts and crafts, language lessons and fine motor activities social skills and communication
  • Choice
    Problem solving and exploring with materials and activities around the room as others are at work

9:00-9:30 Circle time (songs, stories, vocabulary activities, language activities)

  • Social skills, literacy development, attention development and turn taking through songs, questions and answering, books and movements for fine and gross motor development

9:30-10:00 Gross motor development

  • Development of the large muscles and movement through the use of gym/outside climbing, running and problem solving equipment

10:00-10:30 Snack:

  • Social skill development, verbal/nonverbal communication development (modeling and picture exchange)

10:30-11:10 Work time and Choice

  • Work time: (small group and one-on-one)
    Literacy, math, arts and crafts, language lessons, social skills, communication, and fine motor activities
  • Choice
    Problem solving and exploring with materials and activities around the room as others are at work


11:10-11:20 Circle Time (songs, stories, vocabulary activities, language activities)

  • Social skills, literacy development, attention development and turn taking through songs, questions and answering, books and movements for fine and gross motor development

11:15 coats at circle with backpacks
11:20 dismissal


Schedule is subject to change based on the students’ needs for that day.


Schedule PM

12:10 Students arrive

  • Are walked to the classroom by staff (paraprofessional or teacher)

12:10-12:30 Work time and Choice

  • Work Time (small group and one-on-one)
    Literacy, math, arts and crafts, language lessons, social skills, communication and fine motor activities
  • Choice
    Problem solving and experiencing with activities around the room as other students are at work.

12:30-1:00 Circle time (songs, stories, vocabulary activities, language activities)

  • Social skills, literacy development, attention development and turn taking through songs and books, retelling, question and answer, movement to songs, fine and gross motor development

1:00-1:30 Gross Motor Development

  • Development of the large muscles and movement through the use of gym /outside climbing, running and problem solving equipment.

1:30-1:50/2 Snack

  • Bathroom and hand washing. Students look at book and listen to music as staff assist with toweling and prepping for snack
  • Social skill development, turn taking, verbal/nonverbal communication development

2:00-3:00 Work time and Choice

  • Work Time (small group and one-on-one)
    Literacy, math, arts and crafts, language lessons, social skills, communication and fine motor activities
  • Choice
    Problem solving and experiencing with activities around the room as other students are at work.

3:00-3:10 Circle Time (songs, stories, vocabulary activities, language activities)

  • Social skills, literacy development, attention development and turn taking through songs and books, retelling, question and answer, movement to songs, fine and gross motor development.

3:05 coat and backpacks

3:10 Dismissal

Schedule is subject to change based on the students’ needs for that day.


Interesting Web Resources

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Sensory Jump
Sky Zone has set up days and times for families and students with special needs. Go to Sky Zone's website for more information.
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