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Specialized Developmental Programs

The programs service students from 3 to 22 years of age in self-contained classrooms located within the general education population.á The programs consist of classrooms specializing in a variety of developmental disorders including moderate/intensive special needs as well as mild/moderate behavioral needs.á They are educational day programs providing academics, activities of daily living as well as supplemental therapeutic services.á These programs have a multi-sensory environment, which can service students with moderate/severe developmental, cognitive and physical disabilities.á Many students may also require close medical supervision due to seizures, respiratory issues, GI tubes, etc.á The programs are staffed with a nurse to address medical needs.á The programs also have monthly brace and wheelchair clinics to ensure all students and families are obtaining the appropriate durable medical equipment.

Teaching methods include Applied Behavior Analysis, pre-vocational, live skills training and practiced socialization, as well as pre-academic/academic programs that are aligned with the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks/Common Core.á Appropriate modifications and accommodations are provided for each individual student.á Intensive Special Needs Students are addressing the curriculum through entry/access skills, which also addresses daily living, sensory integration techniques, oral motor skills, communications skills including augmentative programs and assistive technology, fine/gross motor activities, pre-readiness socialization skills in behavior management.á Social communication may be practiced through oral and augmentative communication, such as Picture Exchange Card System (P.E.C.S), Speech Generation Devices, and Sign Language.á

Assistive technology and augmentative communication devices include: Ipads, touch screen computers, Go-Talks, step-by step switches, Big Mac switches, Cheap talk switches, Say it Rocking Plate switches, a variety of adaptive switches, and more.á the daily classroom schedule may include periods for: Community Awareness, Hygiene and Self-care Skills, and Academics (English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies).á Some programs have access to a full kitchen with a stove for cooking and baking as well as a washer and dryer for community laundry programs.á Community outings may occur up to once a month and students are accompanied by a nurse, if needed.

Inclusion opportunities within the Host School are available to SWCEC students, if applicable.á The program also offers reverse inclusion and/or internship opportunities for regular education students within the Host School.

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