Kennedy Krieger School: Greenspring Campus (L.E.A.P. Program)

Get Directions3825 Greenspring Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21211
Baltimore City
Referral Contact(s):
Rebecca Chaney
Disabilities Served:
01 - intellectual disability, 10 - multiple disabilities, 14 - autism
Capacity of Facility:
MSDE Approval Category:
Type I Special Education
Ages Served:
5 - 21
Grade Range:
K - 12
Private Pay Students Accepted:
Before and/or After School Program:
Nurse on-site (full or part time):
Wheelchair Accessible:
Hours of Operation for School Day:
7:45 a.m. - 2:20 p.m. (M, T, Th, F), 7:45 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. (W)
Length of School/Program Year:
12 month
Program Description:
The LEAP (Life Skills and Education for Students with Autism and Pervasive Behavioral Challenges) Program is designed for students who require an education in a highly structured environment, which will program for their academic, communication, social, behavioral, and community needs. A systematic, best-practice approach is used to implement the curriculum, which focuses upon essential, foundational skills and provides access to the Maryland State Curriculum in Reading/Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science. Students participate in the Alternate Maryland School Assessment (ALT-MSA). The LEAP Program does not offer diplomas. The LEAP Program offers the following components: An interdisciplinary approach to individualized programming which may include input from parents/students and utilizes professionals from the following disciplines: special education, speech-language pathology, occupational therapy, psychology, behavior resource, social work, expressive arts therapies (i.e., art and music), nursing, audiology, vocational education, physical therapy, and psychiatry. All school staff meet the MSDE certification requirements in their assigned fields. A structure that facilitates communication among the team members who are implementing the curriculum and IEPs (i.e., internal team meetings occur on a regular basis). An eclectic combination of intervention approaches/methods based on best practices, including but not limited to: TEACCH, Applied Behavior Analysis, Picture Exchange Communication Systems, sensory diets, community-based instruction, and vocational training. ??? Small classes (a maximum of 7 students) with a staff to student ratio that is approximately 1:1). Speech/Language services focus on establishing functional language skills through the use of both low and high-tech augmentative communication systems, increasing vocalizations, and improving articulation and social language skills. Services emphasize independence in communication during curricular and community activities and support increased access to the curriculum. Occupational Therapy services which emphasizes evaluation of sensory processing and development of strategies to assist students with self-regulation skills. Intensive behavioral supports including functional behavioral assessments, individualized behavior intervention plans, and safe crisis management procedures. Programmatic mental health and expressive arts services which enhance academic, social, and emotional development. Opportunities to participate in off-site supported and/or sheltered employment. Activities which promote student wellness and physical development, including aquatics and fitness programs. A students week typically consists of applied academics, functional life skills, exposure to the general education curriculum, IEP driven related services, recreation/leisure activities, social skills training, community-based instruction, and work-based learning. The physical classroom space is designed to provide an atmosphere that enables the child to better predict and utilize his environment through visual cues, multisensory supports, physical structure of the room, and consistent routines and schedules. Such supports aid in the de-escalation and shaping of student behaviors and will increase and maximize a students availability for academic opportunities. In order to provide consistent, integrated programming for the students, the educational staff works closely with all related service providers using an interdisciplinary approach. This approach allows staff members to communicate the areas of focus in each discipline to all members of the team. Student progress is more successfully facilitated when they are given the opportunity to generalize across a variety of settings. Bi-weekly classroom team meetings are held to discuss the on-going needs of each student. The LEAP Program is committed to serving our students and their families to maximize their independence in the school, in the home, and in the community. Private pay students are accepted: Private Nationals only through SEVIS
Related Services:
Special education, vocational education, psychology, psychiatry, social work, speech-language pathology, occupational therapy, physical therapy
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