The Juniper Classroom serves students ages 11 to 13, with mild to intensive language and self-care needs. The students in this classroom access age appropriate curriculum aligned with Oregon State Standards and are grouped together with "just right" peer matches. Some Juniper students learn most effectively in a pair, but others learn best in a group of 3-4 as well. The Juniper staff work closely with Victory’s Speech Language Pathologist (when appropriate) to develop and incorporate the use of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) systems for an individual student. They also work with Victory's Counselor in order to address issues related to adolescence and growing up with Autism.
Juniper students still require praise and reinforcement in order to remain motivated during work blocks. Sensory engagement with teachers and peers is interspersed throughout the school day and customized programs are created for each student to teach academics, emotional regulation, social skills, and daily living skills.
Juniper students also participate in bi-weekly CBI in order to generalize skills learned in the classroom. For example, while on CBI, they may work on a variety of skills, including reading maps, balancing a budget, and communicating successfully with store employees and other community members.