The Early Childhood Classroom
The Early Childhood Classroom uses evidenced-based practices. These strategies are proven effective for developing skills with our students. Specific practices are are matched to individual learning styles and unique needs. The classroom is a low student/teacher ratio classroom. Intensive speech/language and occupational therapy services are offered within this classroom. The staff consists of a teacher, a speech language pathologist, a half-time occupational therapist, and two paraprofessionals. The Early Childhood Team collaborates closely with parents. Our team provides monthly parent trainings including home visits to increase consistency between school and home. Each child receives individual instruction along with individual and group therapy services within our classroom. The children have an opportunity to practice their skills in the community weekly with Community Based Instruction.
The classroom has an established routine and uses visual supports to create a feeling of security and predictability in the environment, to promote communication, and to encourage engagement. Communication books are easily accessible to the children at all times. The toys and other materials are organized to encourage and create increased opportunities for the children to make self initiated requests (mands). The classroom is well equipped with sensory tools and equipment (a swing, therapy balls, tactile toys, oral motor items, body stockings, and proprioceptive vests) that are easily accessible or may be requested by the student for self regulation purposes. The children practice gross motor skills with our sensory obstacle course which changes with each classroom theme. The children have opportunities for group instruction during lunch, snack time, circle time, and craft activities