The Developmental Learning Program is a highly individualized special education program designed to meet the intensive needs of students with known or suspected intellectual disabilities that are most likely combined with a communication disorder, limited adaptive skills, behavioral issues, social limitations, and/or significant academic deficiencies. The program is located at Hillcrest School for grades K-6 and O’Neill Middle School for grades 7-8.
DLP essential elements:
- Low student to adult ratio
- High intensity and frequency of behavioral reinforcements (i.e. task strip, first/then, positive reinforcement)
- Alternative curriculum
- Flexible space and classroom areas to serve unique student needs (i.e. sensory, quiet space)
- Opportunity to create connections with grade level peers (lunch, recess/pe, specials/exploratories, fruit-break, classroom parties, field trips, gen. ed content area classes (typically Science and Social Studies)as appropriate
- Integrated related services to support transfer of skills
- Intensive communication supports including assistive technology
- Adaptive skill instruction with authentic application
- Highly structured activities and predictable routines
Who DLP best serves:
- Significant communication delays, needs or disabilities that impair his or her ability to participate in general education curriculum and limits socialization, even with extensive supports
- Academic levels that impair his or her ability to participate in general education curriculum, even when significantly modified
- A range of adaptive skills that may include some limited levels of independence or a significant need for adult supports
- Behavioral manifestations
- A known or suspected intellectual disability
A closer look at the…
Primary/Intermediate DLP program
- Daily living skills integrated throughout school day such as: hygiene, pre-vocational, self care skills and toileting
- Generalization of adaptive skills (i.e. consumer skills, safety skills, community etiquette) through community based instruction trips
- High level of integrated speech therapy and social work services in order to promote functional communication and social skills
- All students in Primary and Intermediate DLP receive all core instruction in the DLP classroom. Students primarily mainstream with aide support for social opportunities with their same grade level peers.
- Reading Milestones
- Reading A-Z
- News 2 You
Middle School program
- Students follow period by period schedule commensurate with all students inclusive of a Homebase period (22 minutes opposite lunch in DLP classroom).
- Integration into general education which can include social studies, science, exploratory, and PE with modified curriculum with or without an instructional assistant dependant on student’s need.
- Most students receive direct instruction in reading, math, and language arts.
- Adaptive skills and opportunity to practice functional skills in the community with our field trips.
- Integrated social skills, functional skills, communication skills instruction provided by Special Ed. Teacher, Speech Therapist, Social Worker, and OT (individually and in a group format).
- Extra-curricular opportunities (sports, clubs, choir, band).
|Middle School curriculum
||Middle School related services
Community-based field trips (all levels)
Shopping: The Dollar Tree, Five Below, Jewel, Walmart and Target
Dining: Steven’s Family Restaurant, Roundhead’s and Panera Bread
Leisure: Zoo, Bengston’s Pumpkin Farm
- Math Essential Elements: (coming soon)
- ELA Essential Elements: (coming soon)
- Zones of Regulation: http://www.zonesofregulation.com/index.html