Our Soul (Student Options for Unlimited Learning) classrooms are designed for interaction and group discussion, including a classroom within a classroom option, so as to allow students to become comfortable working, discussing, and learning in the typical structure of their home school. Elementary level students receive instruction in self-contained classes, while middle and high school level students change classes using a departmentalized model, just as they would in their home district. All of this combines to create an educational environment that effectively prepares our students for a successful return to their home school.
ICARE (Innovative Care for Autism and Related Disorders) is a model developed by Genesee Lake School to serve students with significant cognitive challenges. ICARE classrooms use the principles and practices of the DIR®/Floortime™ Model as the foundation for education, focusing on interaction and engagement as a means of developing language, social, emotional, behavioral, academic, and vocational skills. Additionally, the SCERTS® program is utilized to address the student’s need to become a competent and confident social communicator, while preventing problem behaviors that interfere with learning and the development of relationships. SCERTS is also designed to help families, educators, and therapists work cooperatively as a team, in a carefully coordinated manner, to maximize progress in supporting the student.
Our transition classrooms are self-contained environments, for students ages 15 to 21, focusing on vocational experiences and transition planning. Our Life and Employability Skills curriculum includes evaluation, pre-vocational job skills training, work-based learning, and community experience. In our transition classrooms students learn the skills and attributes required for workplace success and develop a transition portfolio for use in future vocational opportunities.
The vocational opportunities at Genesee Lake School, overseen by our Vocational Services Coordinator, consist of a Learn to Work room, an On Campus Work-Based Learning Program, and paid work options. The Learn to Work room is designed around the evidence based TEACCH philosophy developed at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to help children with Autism and related communication disorders find success in a structured work like environment. Our On Campus Work-Based Learning Program provides further opportunities for students to take part in a variety of work like activities throughout our campus. Our paid work options range from on-campus based opportunities to community based employment possibilities. Additionally, the greenhouses and field operations at Homegrown Farms are integrated throughout our vocational options.
Genesee Lake School offers a variety of additional areas in which students can explore their potential, including art, music, speech, and occupational therapy, as well as movement and physical education opportunities.
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