Academic Programs

The school academic program covers all of the following subject areas:

  • Computers
  • Handwriting
  • Health
  • Language Arts
  • Literacy/Reading
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies

Certified teachers assisted by trained paraprofessionals provide individualized and small group instruction in a small class setting. A multi-sensory approach is used with individualized and modified techniques. A wide variety of materials are used to help each child to reach his or her full academic potential.

Some of the standard educational programs, as well as state-of-the-art-programs, that are used:

  • Discrete Trial Trainer
  • Edmark Reading Program
  • Handwriting without Tears
  • Low Level High Interest Materials
  • PCI Reading Program
  • Spectrum Math
  • Steck Vaughn Materials
  • Touch Point Math
  • Unique Learning System
  • Rethink
  • LCCE(Life Centered Career Education)

Life Skills

Besides the academic nature of the school programs, students are instructed in practical and functional living skills in order to prepare them for future adult environments in the home, community and work place. These programs include:

  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Career exploration
  • Cooking skills
  • Functional math, such as learning time and money skills
  • Functional reading, such as learning to complete job applications and read bus schedules
  • Laundry skills
  • Leisure and recreational skills
  • Pre-vocational skills
  • Self-care skills
  • Shopping skills
  • Work-related behaviors

Technology

We incorporate technology into all of our classrooms and therapy areas. Most classrooms have a flat screen television with a DVD player. Computers are in every room. Touch screens and other adaptive devices are used so that the computer is accessible to everyone.

Augmentative devices are being used by some of our students. Our speech therapists will recommend evaluations for augmentative devices for our students who need them. They are also able to program the devices for the student in order to implement them. The use of the iPad as a device to help our students in facilitating communication is also being used by our therapists.

The occupational and physical therapists use the Wii Fit System as part of our students’ therapy. This is a great motivator for our students. They feel like they are playing but they are really working on improving their motor skills.

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