Students in the Sycamore Classroom are ages 6 to 10, with mild to moderate language and self-care needs. These students learn most effectively in a pair, but they can also learn in a group of 3-4 as well. Academics are customized (and modified as necessary) for each student, but tend to fall in the range of Kindergarten through 4th grade.
Sycamore students require more frequent praise and reinforcement in order to remain motivated during work blocks. Sycamore students are able to request for preferred items in full phrases and can follow 2-3 step directions, with little to no prompting from an instructor. For example, students are able to follow a direction to retrieve something from outside of their classroom and will return without redirection or reminders from a teacher. Sensory engagement and social skills practice is interspersed throughout the school day, and individualized programs are created to increase independence with daily living practices.
Sycamore students also participate in weekly CBI in order to generalize skills learned in the classroom. For example, Sycamore students have been practicing staying with the group while out on CBI, finding items on a shopping list, and writing down the prices of those items.