Areas of instruction include a strong emphasis on expressive and receptive language and communication, social skills, academics, self-sufficiency with self-care, home life, vocational preparation, independence, leisure skills and community participation.
The staff-to-student ratio within CLC’s program is highly individualized to best suit the needs of each student. It is determined based on the skill level and independency of the students in each module and the skills that are being targeted. Depending on need, services typically begin with one-to-one sessions with an instructor throughout the day to ensure maximum instructional opportunities for skill acquisition. As students acquire skills that enable each to participate more independently as a member of a small group, the student-teacher ratio is increased whenever appropriate.
CLC’s education program includes a full-day program for the academic year and a 6- week summer session known as ESY (extended school year). ESY is simply an extension of the regular school year with the same hours of operation, same programming goals, same staff, etc.
The Comprehensive Learning Center’s Pre-School program is a full-day program with an extended school year serving children ages 3 to 5 years old. We offer a one-to-one teacher/student ratio for this age group. Home consultation and family training is provided at a minimum of two visits per month. CLC provides transition support to assist students to acclimate into mainstream teaching environments with typically developing peers (pre-schools, gymnastic classes, etc.)
CLC’s Elementary School program is a full-day program with an extended school year serving individuals ages 6-14 years old. The program’s teacher-to-student ratio ranges from one-to-one to one-to-two depending on the nature of the activity and the students’ skills. Home consultation and family training is provided at a minimum of two visits per month. CLC provides transition support to assist students to acclimate into mainstream teaching environments with typically developing peers (elementary schools, gymnastic classes, etc.).
CLC’s Secondary School program is a full-day program with an extended school year serving individuals ages 15-21 years old. The teacher-to-student ratio ranges from one-to-one to one-to-three depending on the nature of the activity and the students’ skills. Home consultation and family training is provided at a minimum of two visits per month. This program emphasizes vocational training and community programming to teach functional skills in a variety of settings (grocery stores, gyms, medical offices, etc.).
The program strives to prepare individuals for post-graduation by focusing on skill acquisition in the areas of vocational training and job development, and increased independence in community participation through the use of the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis.
CLC recently established an Adult Program offering services, based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis, to adults with autism and/or intellectual disabilities, age 18 or older. This program’s focus is to provide support and opportunities for individuals to be successful and live meaningful lives through active participation in their home, community and vocational settings. CLCAP is approved to accept funding through the Consolidated, Person/Family Directed Support and Adult Autism Waivers through The Office of Developmental Programs.
In order to increase consistency for students and promote generalization and success outside the school day, CLC requires family participation in the instructional and intervention services. Through parents’ regular school observations and involvement in training opportunities, as well as visits to the home by CLC instructors, family members are provided with the tools to replicate effective instructional techniques in their home. In addition, home programming services address skills and problem behavior unique to the home environment including sleeping problems and nighttime disruptive behavior, interactions with siblings, and dressing, bathing, and other self-care skills.
Special instruction is often required for individuals with autism to participate in activities that most families take for granted. CLC instructors work in collaboration with families to design comprehensive services to meet the needs of their child across all aspects of his or her day. Through community programming services, CLC provides the necessary supports for its students and families in community settings, to ensure the child’s successful participation in a variety of activities. Illustrative activities include visiting the doctor, dentist, or hairstylist, going grocery shopping, and using a local gym.