Elementary Class (5-10 years)
Children develop independence within classroom expectations and participate in groups requiring language processing and expression. Students receive instruction in the areas of pre-academic and academic skills, language and communication development, social and emotional skill development, self-help and transition skills, gross and fine motor abilities.
Classes provide a highly structured and specialized setting for children with intensive language, social and behavior needs consistent with autism and similar disorders. Genuine communication requires both the sending and receiving of information (expressive and receptive language). Children learn to express their own desires and needs through expressive visual communication systems, such as the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS). Receptive systems, on the other hand, enable adults to communicate classroom structure and choices to the students. Picture schedules and token reward strips are examples of teacher-directed visual communications.
The language-based program focuses on social play, academics, independent work, self help and fine motor skills. More advanced skills include reading, writing, creative expression through art and drawing, and basic math skills. Children develop independence within classroom expectations and participate in groups requiring language processing and expression.
Please call 626/449-2919 ext. 117, or e-mail Casey Gregg, Vice President of Children Programs and School Principal, for more information.