Preschool Inclusion Program and Preschool Disabilities Program

  • Curriculum Focus

     Socialization

    • Activities to promote positive interactions with peers
    • Taught skills of sharing, turn-taking, requesting
    • Teacher/aide facilitated playgroups
    • Activities to increase attention and promote positive attitudes toward learning

    Communication

    • Expressive language skills and articulation
    • Receptive language skills
    • Practice with adults and peers

    Motor Sill Development

    • Gross motor skill development (large muscle groups) - Through specialized activities, play, physical education and physical therapy
    • Fine motor skill development (prewriting activities) - Through specialized prewriting activities, projects, art and occupational therapy

    Self Help Skills

    • Specific skill training towards independence--zipping, buttoning, snapping, putting on, taking off, pulling
    • Toileting skills toward independence
    • Personal hygiene skills--brushing hair, teeth, washing hands, etc.
    • General skills towards independence--cleaning up, putting things away, following teacher directions, waiting your turn

    Cognitive Development

    • Learning the letters of the alphabet
    • Learning about numbers and their relationships
    • Learning about colors, shapes and size relationships

    Teacher certification:

    Teacher of the Handicapped; Early Childhood Education

    Special Area Teachers:

    Art, Music and Physical Education are offered to all students

    Related Services:

    Speech/Language Therapist, Occupational and Physical Therapists are provided both as a direct service and as a consultant to the teachers

    Advantages:

    • Personnel certifications, expertise and continued education
    • Integrated Program with related services
    • Individualized curriculum
    • In local public school (utilizes school routines and functions)
    • With same age peers
    • Integration with typical peers for assemblies and special activities
    • Special area teacher promotes new learning based on Core Curriculum Standards and provides for transition of learned skills
    • Older students can act as role models

    Disadvantages:

    • Typical peers are not available at all times for socialization in the case of a self-contained class