We use a therapeutic educational model in our classroom settings to promote the highest level of independence for our students.
Language Arts/Reading is incorporated into every aspect of curriculum, as language is present in every context. Students at all levels of functioning will be assessed for preliteracy, reading, writing skills and the program will be adjusted to meet the level of competency. Based on results from assessments designed to measure physical, social, and academic abilities, students are placed into a program. Students have the chance to experience one of three types of curriculums: academic, supportive, and participatory. All forms of therapy, including speech and language, occupational, physical, and behavior are integrated within the classroom.
In the academic classroom, students are provided with instruction in the group and small group setting. Speech and Language Therapy is embedded within the classroom instruction. Students receive small group instruction in math, reading, science and social studies. Students also receive positive behavior support in the form of frequent rewards and the use of positive behavior strategies by staff in the classroom.
In the supportive classroom, Speech and Language therapy, as well as Occupational Therapy, are heavily embedded within the self-contained classroom environment. Students receive individual academic instruction in reading and math, often in the form of discrete trial format. Students also work to acquire social skills, interpersonal skills, and life skills. Students receive small group instruction, supported by therapists. Students receive frequent sensory breaks. Students also earn frequent rewards for positive behavior and effort.
In the participatory classroom, students receive basic life skills, social skills, Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy are heavily embedded within the classroom. In addition, a Registered Nurse or Certified Nursing Assistant is present in the classroom all day to provide needed care for advanced medical needs. Students receive instruction on interpersonal skills, such as implying skills and strategies to facilitate speech, gross motor skills, and utilizing assisted devices to facilitate language. Students earn rewards based on behavior.
After School Programs
Our Children’s features an after school program for students based upon need, located at the school. Please contact the main office to learn more information about our After School Program, and to register your student. Tuition is due on Monday for the week in advance, and is based upon the needs of the student
Speech and Language
Our Speech and Language pathologists are extensively trained in the following areas: Picture Exchange Communication System (P.E.C.S.), augmentative devices, swallow therapy, and other techniques.
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All therapists are CPR Level 2 certified and trained in First Aid. Therapists are licensed by
the health board. In addition, many of our therapists are Certified Professional Crisis Management Practitioners and trained in the Picture Exchange Communication System (P.E.C.S.). Therapists in each area can provide evaluation, assessment, and treatment.
Our behavior department is lead by a Behavior Specialist, who has been extensively trained as a Professional Crisis Management Instructor, trained in Applied Behavior Analysis and Positive Behavior Systems within the school setting. Every 30 minutes, students receive feedback regarding their behavior, and are awarded points to represent their level of progress. These points are totaled daily and can be used to access edibles, toys, and access to activities and outings. Students are rewarded privileges based upon their level, as determined by consistent attendance to class, completion of activities, and maintaining safe and respectful behavior. In the event that students are unable to demonstrate and maintain safe behavior, our staff features over 20 Certified Practitioners through the Professional Crisis Management Association. These practitioners have passed a written and practical exam following a 22+ hr training course to prevent, intervene, and de-escalate crisis behavior.