Friendswood ISD’s board of trustees approved an additional $35,000 with KYO Autism Therapy, which is a program that offers behavior support services for school districts, extending the service through August at its June 10 meeting.

The service, which was originally set to end in May, is used at the district’s Therapeutic Education Center, which is used to serve students with autism, according to the district’s website.

The gist

KYO Autism Therapy began providing services after FISD trustees initially approved a $100,000 contract with the program at its Oct. 30 meeting, according to district documents.

The program assists with educational services, as well as services that relate to a student’s individualized education program. This includes services that are meant to meet a student’s specific goals and stay up to date with their specific performance levels, according to district documents.

The service will also help students in neighboring districts at the TEC, as the center provides services for students in Alvin and Pearland ISDs, according to the district’s website. Friendswood ISD agreed to become the hosts for the neighboring districts at its April 10, 2023, board meeting, as previously reported by Community Impact.

While the TEC provides support for students with autism, the decision to place students in the center could also be for students who have progressed through all other in-district options, according to the district’s website.

What else?

The entire contract, now totaling $135,000, will be funded with the Innovative Services for Students with Autism grant, which is funded by the Texas Education Agency, according to district documents.