Listing Type : MANSEF Schools
Location : Maryland / Baltimore City
County : Baltimore City
Phone : 443-923-4576
Fax : 443-923-7750
Referral Contact : Rebecca Chaney
Disabilities Served : 01 - Intellectual Disability, 10 - Multiple Disabilities, 14 - Autism
Length of School/Program Year : 12 month
MSDE Approval Category : Type I Special Education
Capacity of Facility : 65
Ages Served : 5 - 21
Grade Range : K - 12
Private Pay Students Accepted : Yes
Setting : Day
Before and/or After School Program : No
Nurse on-site (full or part time) : Yes
Wheelchair Accessible : Yes
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)
Program Description : The LEAP (Life Skills and Education for Students with Autism and Pervasive Behavioral Challenges) Program offers a range of educational and therapeutic services for students with complex academic, communication, social and behavioral needs. Students work toward earning a Certificate of Completion. The program features: -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 meets 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 (an average of 7 students) with a high staff to student ratio that provides 1:1 supports as needed or as indicated in IEPs. -Speech/Language services which 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 emphasize 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. -Case management focusing on home-school collaboration and identification of community-based resources and supports for LEAP families. -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 student's 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 student's availability for academic opportunities. In order to provide consistent, integrated programming for the students, the educational staff work 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. Regular 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 accepted: Foreign Nationals only through SEVIS.
Related Services : Speech-language pathology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, nursing, behavior resource, expressive arts therapy, social work, vocational education, psychology, and psychiatry.