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The educational program is broad-based in order to best address the wide range of our students’ needs. Our staffing includes Masters Level Special Education Teachers, NYS-Certified Teaching Assistants, Adaptive Physical Education Teachers, Technology Teacher, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Speech/Language Pathologists, Behavioral Specialists, Social Workers, Psychologists, and Registered Nurses.
School age classrooms at the Langan School at Prospect provide intensive, structured programs for students demonstrating multiple needs. The curriculum for school aged students includes:
- Skill enhancement for integration into the home school district
- Therapeutic intervention for students with multiple disabilities
- Use of assistive technology and computer based instruction
- Pre-Vocational and Vocational Training
- RAAVE Program
RAAVE (Responsibly Addressing Autism Via Education) program consists of teachers and staff who have been specifically trained in the use of visual supports, cueing systems and reinforcement programs. The primary focus of RAAVE classrooms is to increase the use of functional communication and provide students with strategies for building social skills through both individual and group instruction.
- MOVE (Mobility Opportunities Via Education) Program
Langan teachers are trained in the MOVE program and all classes (other than RAAVE classes) participate in the program. The purpose of the program is to use education as a means for students to systemically acquire motor skills. This is achieved through instruction and adaptive equipment that enhance independent mobility.
School age classes have an 8:1+3 ratio of students to staff, and are enrolled as either:
- Students with moderate to severe developmental delays in all areas. These students are designed to encourage functional interaction with the environment, establish basic methods of communication and increase concept development through the use of assistive technology and sensory materials. They require a high degree of individualized attention in order to encourage functional skill development.
- Students who display significant physical and instructional needs based on their diagnosis and sensory impairments. The focus for these students is on increasing environmental awareness and interaction, developing basic communication skills through the use of assistive technology, and incorporating sensory motor experiences to encourage development. Activities include the use of a variety of adaptive and assistive devices.
Recent additions and updates to the Education programs at Prospect Center include:
- Unique Learning and News 2 You Curriculum (cornerstone for learning)
- Vocational Education (school and community based)
- Human Sexuality Curriculum for our Secondary Students
- Aquatic Therapy built into our RAAVE and MOVE students’ week
- Weekly Music Groups
- Direct consultation and staff/parent training from the Project Coordinator for the NY Deaf-Blind Collaborative
- Adapted Yoga taught by community yoga instructor who specializes in adaptive yoga
- Individualized dining programs
- Individualized Sensory Diets and sensory areas in the classroom specific to each students needs
- Individualizes Hygiene and Self Care Programs
- Specialized Behavior Management Plans
- Increased access to assistive technology and adaptive equipment
- Increased use of technology in education (ie., Smart Board, iPad, touch screen computer)
- State of the art therapy gyms with brand new equipment
- Field Trips
- Special Olympics
- Specially trained staff to make all visual supports
- Collaborative Bi-Monthly Team Meetings