Many of our students demonstrate deficits across curricula domain skill areas. These areas are often interconnected and deficits in one area affect skill acquisition in other areas. Educational programming for our students therefore focuses beyond just academic instruction to include instruction in many curricula areas.
Typical curricula domains that are addressed include:
- Academics including language, literacy and math
- Independent living skills
- Communication and social skills
- Appropriate behavior
- Community and safety skills
- Recreation and leisure skills
- Self-management skills
For students who have reached transitional age, skills in the following areas are also addressed:
- Career Development
Given the variability in the level at which students access the general curriculum, along with the unique learning profiles of our students, intensive, individualized educational programming is provided. This instruction, delivered in a 1:1 or small group format, allows for the presentation of sufficient learning opportunities necessary for skill development to occur.
Through a consultation model, the Darnell School ensures that each student’s speech, occupational, and physical therapy needs are integrated into his or her overall educational program. Each therapist conducts an initial evaluation of each student and makes recommendations as to objectives to incorporate into the IEP. The therapists also collaborate and consult with the Head Teachers on a continuing basis to ensure goals are being implemented as planned, to make refinements in programs, and to evaluate student progress.