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Joy (Occupational Therapist), Cara (Speech Therapist), and Joi (Special Education Teacher) all work at a center based school serving students who have significant intellectual disabilities. Our school also has a pre-k program that serves students both with and without developmental delays. We look for ways to provide multi-sensory learning experiences to enable our students with special needs to improve their literacy, fine motor and communication skills. As kids are kids after all, we know that in order to sustain their attention we must first engage their interest. We feel that our approach is successful with our students and hope we inspire you to think outside of the box too!
The Fine Motor/arts and crafts Groups and Sensory Groups are held in different classrooms with students ranging from K to 5th grade. The Language Group is in a classroom of students in grades 3-5. Each student has significant intellectual disabilities and many of them also have physical disabilities. We access the general Florida Standards Curriculum through the use of Access Points. These are goals and objectives from the general curriculum that are modified so that our students have a way to access the general standards and curriculum. More information on the Access Points can be located atwww.floridastandards.org We also use the Unique Learning System Curriculum and the Meville to Weville curriculum. Each student is given an opportunity to participate in every activity by using a variety of methods. We use AAC devices, symbols, signing and our art/craft activities are based on our curriculums and reading materials.
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