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Basic Skills Program (Developmental Delay)

Beginning in September 2012, the Basic Skills Classrooms (Special Start through 5th Grade), will be housed at the Morse School. The Basic Skills substantially separate program is designed to address the needs of students with mild to moderate cognitive and developmental delay across different domains (language, fine motor, gross motor delays and intellectual delays). These classrooms are staffed with a certified special education teacher and a paraprofessional, serving no more than 12 students per classroom.

Students are taught using a modified curriculum that is aligned with the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. Teachers utilize a multi-sensory approach to instruction and provide a positive approach to behavior management that focuses on rewarding appropriate behavior and functional social skills. Related service providers consult with classroom staff and provide direct services to the students.

All students are involved with typical peers during lunch and recess, as well as in all school based activities, field trips, assemblies etc. Students are integrated with typical developing peers in general education classrooms during academic and social activities as appropriate. Integration is carefully planned and monitored by the IEP team members.