Listing Type : MANSEF Schools
County : Prince George's County
Phone : 301-881-0078
Fax : 301-881-8515
Referral Contact : Jenna Chwirut
Disabilities Served : 14 - Autism
Length of School/Program Year : 12 month
MSDE Approval Category : Type I Special Education
Capacity of Facility : 60
Ages Served : 5-21
Grade Range : K through 12
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)
Program Description : The Foundation Learning Center offers primarily specialized programming to meet the unique needs of students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) who display a spectrum of learning and social-emotional needs, 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 individual academic, behavioral, communication, and social/emotional requirements in a safe and supportive learning environment. We promote a team approach that values cooperation and collaboration, and involves students, school personnel, parent/guardian(s), and the community. We also provide ongoing professional development to our staff to develop and maintain a highly qualified and dedicated staff. We offer sensory­ friendly programming for students in kindergarten through 12th grade, as well as life skills and transition programming all year round. The program for each student is determined through the development and implementation of the student's Individualized Education Program (IEP). The IEP is developed in a collaborative team effort that includes staff from The Foundation Learning Center, a representative of the student's local educational agency (LEA), the student's parent/guardian, the student (if appropriate), and other related service professionals who work closely with the student. The many facets of The Foundation Learning Center program are designed to implement goals that actualize the philosophy that every student can experience success in a learning environment given appropriate instructional conditions. The elementary and middle school curricula, in grades K-8, offer subject courses appropriate for elementary through middle school and allow students to meet the requirements of their home school districts. The high school program, in grades 9-12, offers subject courses and experiences focusing on life skills that prepare for independent living. Students in grades 9-12 are able to work towards a certificate of completion while incorporating their interests and abilities into preparation for life after high school in both the vocational and community forums. All classes are small in size and classes are self-contained. The components of the educational program include the development of clinical treatment plans including FBAs and BIPs, clinical programs to meet the individual and group social skills needs of students, and applied behavior analysis support and planning. Related services may include individual/group therapy, behavior supports, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, and dedicated aide behavioral supports. 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 therapy as appropriate, parent education, social and life skills training, applied behavior analysis interventions and planning, and positive behavior management. As students achieve continued success at The Foundation Learning Center, the process of transitioning to the mainstream will begin. When a student meets the criteria for mainstreaming, The Foundation Learning Center staff coordinate the transition procedures with the appropriate LEA personnel.
Related Services : Special Education Services, Counseling, Behavioral Supports, Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Psychiatric Services, ABA Dedicated Aide Support.