Our classrooms are organized around a structured teaching model developed for students who need intensive support and predictable, consistent routines. Our classrooms facilitate the development of language, communication, and social skills, along with self-help, sensory integration, and academic skills through the careful configuration of the rooms and the professionals who work in them. Positive behaviors, which are absolutely necessary for the successful integration of our students into the school and community, are emphasized through a structured set of coordinated activities using the latest communication technologies.
Characteristics of a structured teaching model classroom:
- Provides clear visual and physical structure
- Provides predictability in the learning environment through intense visual supports
- Provides each student with an individualized visual/object schedule which the student and staff adhere to throughout the day
- Provides an individual workstation and work system for each student to reduce distractions during assigned tasks
- Proactively provides information to the student to prepare them for impending changes in routine or activity using social stories, pictures, or rehearsed distinct verbal phases