"Lab kids, they may need a social-emotional program, but it's not really geared towards autism," said Stein. "It's geared towards Lab kids. So Lab's social-emotional program is not geared toward the rigidity and the types of challenges a student with autism may have,"
According to Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD), a quarter of children with ADHD also have signs of high-functioning autism. CHADD states that ADHD is the most common coexisting condition for kids on the autism spectrum.
In the case of Lab, this means that testing and evaluating students is crucial. When a student applies to Lab who may not have the support they need, Lab does what it can to redirect and support those families. For students who may see changes in the support they require, Lab provides what it can.
"We then start working to find ways internally to help the student," Lane said. "You know, are there ways we can tweak certain things? And depending on what the need is if it is just too far out of our expertise or we don't have resources that would be ideal to support that, and in those rare situations, we then help the family find other resources,"
The Lab School provides resources that many other schools don't. They help students who have faced challenges in the classroom be successful and regain confidence. While their niche realm of support limits what students they can help, for the student they can uplift, it makes all the difference.
"I think having our focus here is what helps our students be as successful as they are. So it's not that we don't like other types of students or don't want other types of students," Lane said.