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Complex Needs : Programming for Cognitive Developmental Disabilities
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Programming for Cognitive Developmental Disabilities

Teaching of Attitude, Social Skills and Communication (TASC)

TASC classes are for students with a moderate to severe cognitive/ developmental disability, who may also have a medical diagnosis. It is offered to students in Grades 1 - 12.

These classes help students become more independent in their home and community through the development of:

  • communication skills
  • self-help skills
  • basic conceptual skills
  • environmental knowledge
  • community awareness

The curriculum includes developmental and sensory-based activities designed to facilitate growth of the whole child.

Instructional accommodations may include the use of assistive technology, augmentative communication systems, and individual and small group instruction. Integration within the school community happens as is appropriate for each individual child. Generally, the ratio of students to staff is 2:1.

Social Knowledge, Independent Living and Language (SKILL)

SKILL classes are for students with moderate cognitive disabilities. They are offered to students in Grades 1 - 6.

These classes help students become more independent in their home and community through the development of:

  • functional academic skills
  • communication skill
  • social skills
  • community awareness

A modified curriculum, including academic, developmental and sensory based activities is implemented based on the individual needs of each student and is designed to facilitate the growth of the whole child.

Instructional accommodations may include the use of assistive technology, augmentative communication systems, and individual and small group instruction. SKILL classes are located in various community schools and students are included within that school community. Generally, the ratio of students to staff is 4:1.

Attitude, Community Competence, Elements of Academic Curriculum, Social Skills (ACCESS)

ACCESS classes are for students with moderate cognitive disabilities. They are offered to students in Grades 7-12.

These classes prepare students to transition as independently as possible into adult life in the community through the development of:

  • communication skills
  • functional academic skills
  • social skills
  • community awareness
  • pre-vocational skills

Integration within the community school classes and activities happens as appropriate. Instructional accommodations may include the use of assistive technology, augmentative communication systems, and individual and small group instruction. Generally, the ratio of students to staff is 5:1.

Adapted Learning Program (ALP)

ALP is for students with mild to moderate cognitive disabilities and mild/moderate adaptive functioning delays. It is offered to students in Grades 7-12.

This program helps students become more independent in their home and community through the development of:

  • communication skills
  • social skills
  • functional literacy and numeracy skills
  • pre-vocational skills

ALP provides students with opportunities for inclusion in complementary subjects, clubs, sports, specials events, etc. within the school as well as supported pre-vocational and/or vocational opportunities. Instructional accommodations may include direct, paced instruction, assistive technology and large and small group instruction. Generally the ratio of students to staff is 5:1.

Paced Learning Program (PLP)  

PLP is for students who have been identified with a mild cognitive disability. It is offered to students in Grades 4-12.

This program helps students become more independent in their home, community and workplace through the development of:

  • communication
  • functional academic skills (i.e. literacy and numeracy)
  • daily living skills
  • problem solving skills

At the secondary level programming also includes a focus on appropriate functional life and work skills such as:

  • time-management
  • self-advocacy
  • citizenship
  • community involvement
  • recreation

Generally, the ratio of students to staff is 6:1.

 

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