The Foundation Learning Center

Address:
Get Directions801 Brightseat Road Suite 855
Landover, MD 20785
County:
Prince George's County
Phone:
301-881-0078
Fax:
301-881-8515
Website:
Referral Contact(s):
Tracey Still 301-773-3500 ext 1118
Disabilities Served:
04 - speech or language impairment, 08 - other health impairments, 09 - specific learning disabilities, 10 - multiple disabilities, 13 - traumatic brain injury, 14 - autism
Capacity of Facility:
60
MSDE Approval Category:
Type I Special Education
Ages Served:
5-13
Grade Range:
k through 8
Private Pay Students Accepted:
yes
Setting:
Day
Before and/or After School Program:
no
Nurse on-site (full or part time):
no
Wheelchair Accessible:
yes
Hours of Operation for School Day:
8:15 am - 3:15 (M, T, TH, F and 8:15 to 12:30 on W)
Length of School/Program Year:
10 month, 11 month
Program Description:
The Foundation Learning Center offers specialized programming to meet the unique needs of students with ASD who display a spectrum of developmental delays, social skills impairment, and communication development needs. Our goal is to enhance how students with ASD learn by providing an integrated approach to address each student’s unique academic, behavioral, and social/emotional requirements in a safe and supportive learning environment. We promote a team approach which values cooperation, collaboration, and involves students, school personnel, parent/guardian(s) and the community. We provide job embedded professional development to our staff to develop a highly qualified and dedicated staff. The Foundation Learning Center has been carefully designed to provide the educational and behavioral supports needed for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other Developmental Disorders. We offer sensory-friendly programming for students in kindergarten through 8th grade, as well as life skills and transition programming. The program for each student is determined through the development and implementation of the individual student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP). The IEP is developed in a collaborative team effort which includes staff from The Foundation Learning Center, a representative of the student’s funding local school system (LSS), the student’s parent/guardian, the student (if appropriate), and other professionals who work closely with the student. The many facets of The Foundation Learning Center program are designed to implement goals which actualize the philosophy that every student can experience success in a learning environment given appropriate instructional conditions. The elementary and middle school curricula, grades K-8, offers subject courses appropriate for elementary through middle school and allows students to meet the requirements of their home school district. All classes are small in size and the elementary classrooms are self-contained. In accordance with IDEA, each student in The Foundation Learning Center must have an IEP (Individualized Education Program) that meets the academic and social skills needs of the student. IEPs are developed by a team consisting of teachers, a school administrator or designee, related service providers, local school representative, the parent/guardian, and the student as appropriate. The IEP reflects an integration of educational and related service goals. As students achieve continued success at The Foundation Learning Center program, the process of transitioning to the mainstream will begin. When a student meets the criteria for mainstreaming, The Foundation Learning Center staff coordinates the transition procedures with the appropriate LSS personnel. Decisions for a change of placement are based on input from school staff and parents with LSS representatives participating in both the pending and final placement recommendations for the student. The clinical program for The Foundation Learning Center consists of a variety of therapeutic interventions, services, and systems to help students succeed in school. The components of the clinical program include individual or group counseling as appropriate. Parent education, social skills training, applied behavior analysis interventions and planning, and positive behavior management are all important aspects of the clinical program. Communication between the educational and clinical staff is a crucial component in the school program. An interdisciplinary team meets regularly to discuss each student’s educational and behavioral progress and communicate clinical issues concerning the student. This team generally includes a teacher, a therapist, program assistant and dedicated aide if indicated on student’s IEP. Others possible team members can include a speech/language therapist, occupational therapist, or member of the administration. During these meetings, progress on IEP goals are reviewed and new IEP goals are developed. Recommendations are also made regarding the student’s needs and plans are developed to implement strategies for improving the student’s school performance. Parents are regularly informed of the student’s goals, academic progress, and transition plan. Academic field trips and school outings are also scheduled to enhance instruction and promote positive social growth. Promotion and awards ceremonies are held quarterly and in June. At these events, students are recognized for their academic achievements during the course of their enrollment. Students who have been promoted to the next grade level also receive special recognition. The program recognizes holidays and special events throughout the year. As part of the special activities program, staff members and students plan events such as assemblies with guest speakers or student presentations, demonstrations of student crafts and artwork, contests and competitive group projects, and philanthropic activities for community organizations. Staff at the Foundation Learning Center also includes the school administrative team, consulting psychiatrists, certified special education teachers, licensed therapists, licensed speech/language pathologists, licensed occupational therapists, behavior management specialists, dedicated aides, program assistants, and other support staff.
Related Services:
Special Education Services, Counseling, Behavioral Supports, Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Psychiatric Services, ABA Dedicated Aide Support.