One of the core components of the program is independent and semi-independent living skills training. Students are prepared to develop the communicative, daily living readiness skills required to function as independently as possible. These skills are taught in the school setting and through community-based instruction.
The curriculum includes the following:
SPECIALIZED INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAMS
The fundamental premise of Mason’s Place Too is that every child can achieve his/her highest potential. Mason’s Place Too offers an education that teaches life-long independent skills in the areas of domestic, vocational, and recreation/leisure skills. The school serves students ages five through twelve years. While all of the Mason’s Place Too students have developmental disabilities, some also have behavioral challenges, which are addressed through the principles of positive behavior intervention. The school’s collaborative team of professionals teaches social and language skills throughout the curriculum.
Specialized classes in the autistic spectrum are designed for non-verbal or limited language students Through the use of the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and alternate augmentative communication systems, students develop the ability to express their wants and needs. Additionally, classes target students’ multiple sensory needs through Occupational Therapy (OT), Speech and Language Therapy and Adaptive Physical Education (APE). A variety of methods of instruction is used to maximize individual strengths including Applied Behavior Analysis, Sensory Integration, PECS, and TEACH.
The Curriculum in Mason’s Place Too School teaches functional life skills in the areas of Reading, Language Arts, Math, Health, Social Studies and Science.
POSITIVE BEHAVIOR SUPPORT
Formalized behavior support is provided for individual students, classrooms and the entire school. At the individual level, behavior management includes the use of positive reinforcement systems and behavior intervention plans designed by trained professionals.