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Special needs school benefits from Cleveland Clinic partnership

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Updated: 9/10/2013 10:12 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- It’s only the second year at the new Variety School Campus and now there are talks of spreading what’s being taught behind those doors across the Clark County School District.

The district says it hopes to start training more teachers next month.

The Cleveland Clinic says the work these teachers are doing is incredible because each day is a new-working and learning process.

News 3’s Jen Wahl spent the morning inside one of the classrooms and joins us now with the story.

Variety School staff partners with the Cleveland Clinic to educate students with autism.

Ewin Shatto of the Variety school spends his days teaching first through third-graders with autism.

“We’re working on sitting appropriately,” Shatto said. “Having calm hands, colors, numbers.”

Shatto’s specialized classroom is one of eight at the school. Their partnership with the Cleveland Clinic reaches about 45 students between ages 6 to 22.

“We have a very specific training that all of the staff here at Variety who work with these children are trained in the same methods as are staff in Cleveland,” said Travis Haycook from the Cleveland Clinic Center for Autism who leads the training.

It’s this training that Variety School Principal Tyler Hall hopes will benefit the rest of the Clark County School District.

“If they’re more successful with their instruction, they see more student achievement, then we’re doing a fantastic job because that’s what it’s all about,” Hall said.

The district says they’ve seen massive improvement at the variety school. Student aggression and requests for restraint are decreasing.

Clark County School District coordinator Amy Coyne hopes to provide a model for teachers who come to train here.

“With a specific target in mind of what they want to see and what they want to learn and then be able to take that and use it effectively in their classrooms,” Coyne said.
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