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Disabilities & Programs

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SLCSC Programs & Additional Services

A.C.C.E.S.S.
(Accessing Community Connections, Empowering Student Success.)

The Access Young Adult Program is designed to provide instruction and support to 18-22-year-old young adults who are on a certificate of completion track.  The program focuses on providing instruction and support in the areas of functional life skills, money/purchasing skills, cooking skills, community integration and real-life work experiences, that is tailored to meet the individual needs of each young adult.

ART THERAPY

Art Therapy is a form of expressive therapy that uses the creative process of making art to improve a person’s physical, mental, and emotional well- being. This creative process of making art involves using one’s self artistically. Focus is on self-expression and less on the finished product, making it different than an art class. While technique is taught at times to help with the creative expression, it isn’t the goal to turn out a technically sound piece of art, but rather a self-expression with the goal of boosting self-esteem.  Some of the benefits of art therapy are: stress reduction, lower anxiety, increased self-esteem, and improved social, coping, and problem-solving skills.  It gives students a way to organize and communicate thoughts and feelings when they don’t feel they can do it verbally.

A.S.P.I.R.E.
(Accessing Services Promoting Independence in Real Experiences)

ASPIRE is an internship program within our cooperative that provides an young adult (student) with a disability an immersive work experience in an authentic  work environment. The program staff use research based strategies to assist the intern in developing and identifying employment related skills, strengths, and vocational preferences. It is the expectation that the intern will be competitively employed. It is the goal of  A.S.P.I.R.E. for the individuals to obtain optimal employment outcomes within two years of engagement in this program.

Assistive Technology

 Assistive technology is a term that can be used to describe a way in which to enhance a student's learning. Assistive technology can include any item, piece of equipment, or software program that can increase, maintain, or improve a student’s capabilities within the school/work setting. Assistive technology can range from low tech, such as a pencil grip, to high tech, such as a communication software program. Here at SLCSC we have an Assistive Technology Team with members from our various school districts that we serve. This team works together to work on Assistive Technology referrals throughout our school districts. An AT evaluation and assessment is performed. Our Assistive Technology staff members will then work with our IEP teams to ensure that the students needs are being met. Training, if needed, will be provided by our team to ensure that your child’s teacher and other staff members know how to utilize the assistive technology being provided.

Autism Consultants

The SLCSC employs 2 full time Autism Consultants. They travel throughout the county to serve as a resource for not only our students and staff members but also for parents, general education staff members, and administrators. They help support all people on the IEP team by providing best practices for assessing and serving our students who are on the Autism Spectrum.

Behavioral Consultants

The SLCSC employs 4 behavior consultants. They travel throughout the county to serve as a resource for not only our students and staff members but also for parents, general education staff members, and administrators. They help support all those on the IEP team by providing services in a natural environment, school. Working within the school environment helps students make generalizations to accomplish their behavioral goals. Our behavior consultants work with the IEP team members to create, implement, and update your child’s Behavior Intervention Plan by conducting a Functional Behavior Assessment.

Educational Interpreter

SLCSC employs an educational interpreter. We try to keep our students within their home schools to the fullest extent possible. The consultant will consult with general education teachers and support staff. We provide a variety of services for self advocacy, language, social skills. We utilize FM and/or DM systems and Sound Field systems to ensure our students equal access to auditory information.

Lifeskills

Some students here in LaPorte County need their educational goals met in an unconventional way. Here within SLCSC we provide high quality academic instruction using various curriculums for students with moderate to severe disabilities. Our students participate in community outings, Reins of Life, and various other programs that can help our students thrive in the community.

Preschool

After an assessment has been completed and an IEP has been created students in our preschool program will be given opportunities to develop the necessary skills in order to be successful in a kindergarten classroom. Students who qualify may also receive speech/language services or related services such as OT/PT.

PT/OT

Our Physical and Occupational therapists work in conjunction with the student’s IEP teams to complete evaluations and assessments, which will help determine what is needed for a student. Once a student is qualified for PT or OT the therapist will design and implement various interventions that allow students to benefit from their respective educational programming. Our PT and OT also act as a consultant to our parents, school personnel, and other members of the IEP team to provide recommendations, setting realistic expectations for student performance, and determining necessary accommodations or modifications to the student’s daily academic or physical environment in order to optimize the student’s performance.

Reins Of Life

"My students have absolutely enjoyed going to Reins of Life. The skills utilized during Reins of Life is the same skill set thatI strive to teach my students within the school setting. Skills such are: patience, responsibility, emotional regulation, following directives, sharing, and caring. What is special about Reins of Life is that the students actually get to use those skills in a real world setting. I have watched several of my students transform and become more confident in their abilities after participating in Reins of Life. They have shown confidence not only in their ability to ride and participate appropriately during their visits, but their confidence has spilled into other areas of school. A student that was shy and not very verbal is now talking more. A student that had a hard time regulating themself is learning to control their body and voice because we needed to do that around the horses. In addition to the valuable horse therapy, my students are also learning academic skills in a hands-on way. The instructor goes above and beyond to provide hands-on academic activities and crafts that are appropriate for my multi-grade K-4 classroom. Reins of Life has had a very positive effect on my students and myself. The smile and anticipation I see from the students when I announce that it is Reins of Life week says it all." - Helen K. ESC Teacher

The K-12 School Program, formed in 2016, brings cognitive, physical, emotional and social progression to students within Special Education Life Skills and Emotional Development classes. The Reins of Life, Inc. partnership with the South LaPorte County Special Education Cooperative continues to impact students through movement, verbal and non-verbal communication of their horses and peer-to-peer interactions through Equine-Assisted Learning.

Equine-Assisted Learning (EAL) is a highly structured evidence-based program that also taps into the various ways of learning including auditory, visual and kinesthetic. EAL provides avenues for building empathy, rapport, feelings of acceptance, mental stimulation, socialization, and stress reduction while experiencing inclusiveness in the larger community therefore creating preferable conditions for reception of new information. The objective of EAL is to provide lessons that are emotionally impactful to transfer abstract theory to practical implications. Students experience secondary lessons that reinforce independent learning such as self-regulation skills, teamwork, time management within a non-judgmental and patient atmosphere. The ROL programs are great equalizers for people of all walks of life. By providing a safe and inclusive environment, focused on present moment and immediate feedback shows fun in learning and pride in hard work.

Reins of Life, Inc. is a PATH Intl. (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) Premier Accredited Center since 1978 whose mission is to improve the quality of life for children and adults with disabilities through equine-assisted activities and therapies. There are over 850 accredited centers around the world. Horseback riding is recognized as a beneficial mode of therapy by The American Physical Therapy Association and The American Occupational Therapy Association.

The Reins of Life, Inc. PATH Intl Certified Instructors lesson plans, with input and feedback from teaching staff,  bring students hands-on experience and learning with horses, ponies and even a donkey!  It is well documented that in order to promote active learning the emotional connection has to be established. Our alternative education support program offers a new method of learning that brings to life tactile experience that directly applies to learning objectives identified by the Indiana Department of Education. They might include elements of  history, science, math and English. Lessons are built around goals of students  and their class; examples include transitional or coping skills as well as a focus on fine and gross motor skills, communication, teamwork, empathy and trust.  The movement of a horse and impact on balance while riding contributes to improved core and muscle strength as well as coordination. Students are also learning to read and use body language to communicate with the ROL Herd as well as their peers.

For more information about the Reins of Life, Inc. K-12 School Programs and other equine-assisted activities and therapies visit www.reinsoflife.org or reach the ROL Team directly at staff@reinsoflife.org .

Speech

Here at SLCSC we understand that speech and language problems can make learning difficult. We can help your child with their speech and/or language struggles starting at age 3. Speech and/or language problems can affect your child’s reading, writing, and spelling. Academics may not be the only area affected. Your child may struggle to understand social cues, which may affect their social development. After an evaluation, our highly trained SLP’s and SLA’s are able to develop an IEP based on your child’s specific needs as related to speech and language.

Transition Services

When your child reaches the age of 14 we at SLCSC begin looking into transition services. These services include assessment and activities in order to reach future educational goals and/or future employment. Our transition coordinator will ensure a successful and smooth transition from school to work or post secondary schooling. The plan put into place is based on each individual child's strengths, skills, and interests.

Work Experience

As innovators in the field of Special Education, South LaPorte County Special Education Cooperative has been teaching employment and accompanying social skills to our students for over 25 years.  The Work Experience Program, started with one teacher sending a student or two, with her classroom aide, out to a few local employers where they learned mostly custodial skills. Today, our Work Experience Program involves 40+ students and has four coaches who work directly with our community.   Local employers, our "business partners", cover a wide range of employability skills, such as: bagging groceries, working at a coffee shop, learning shipping and receiving, running a dish machine in a commercial kitchen, bussing tables, and many other diverse skills dependent on the student’s interest.  The goal of the Work Experience Program is competitive employment after a student exits high school.

This unique opportunity is the beginning of South LaPorte County Special Education Cooperative vocational programming and its related topics. A student typically begins the Work Experience Program in 11th grade.  As students’ progress in their skill development and continue their services with South LaPorte County Special Education Cooperative, they may be invited to join our A.S.P.I.R.E. program or may attend our A.C.C.E.S.S. program, if eligible, after 12th grade. Each of these programs have the goal of employment after high school.

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