Students in the Maple are ages 6 to 9, with intensive language and self-care needs. They learn most effectively in a pair, though some instruction is delivered 1:1. A personalized communication system and language program is developed for each student at the beginning of the year with the goal of increasing the student’s receptive and expressive language. The Maple staff work closely with Victory’s Speech Language Pathologist, and when appropriate, incorporate the use of Augmentative and Alternative Communication systems to support a student’s language goals.
Maple students require more frequent praise and reinforcement in order to remain motivated during work blocks. They are able to request and respond in 1-5 word phrases and can follow 1-2 step directions. Sensory engagement with teachers and peers is interspersed throughout the school day and customized programs are created for each child to teach academics and critical daily living skills (such as dressing and expanding eating repertoires).
Maple students also participate in weekly CBI in order to generalize skills learned in the classroom. For example, Maple students have been practicing staying with the group while on CBI and finding items in a store, when given a picture or visual schedule.