In the school-age program, the Speech/language program provides specialized instruction as mandated on the student's individual education plan. Speech/language clinicians assist students in remediating or compensating for speech and language deficits that affect the student's educational process. Regular educators are provided with strategies for working with students with speech/language deficits.
In addition to speech/language support as specialized instruction, speech and language evaluations are available as a separate service and include the evaluation and a written report. Follow-up consultation and participation in special education program planning can also be provided.
The Discover program offers students an integration of classroom and pre-vocational instruction with on-the-job training. Students with IEPs, between the ages of 16 and 21, are assessed for placement in group or individual settings within the community. Group work experience varies in length and intensity depending on student ability, past experience and student worker/employer match. Trained evaluators assess students, contact employers to identify appropriate employment opportunities, and provide or coordinate on-the-job coaching and support from the classroom teacher by integrating consumer economics, career awareness, and social responsibilities into the curriculum. The primary goal of this program is to prepare students for success in the workplace and for independent living.
Austill's Rehabilitation Services has been providing Occupational Therapy (OT) and Physical Therapy (PT) services to the students of the Child and Career Development Center since 1995. Therapy services support students in accessing their school and functional environment and assisting a student to fully participate in their school day. Austill's therapists are contributing members of the Individualized Educational Teams and are an integral component of the CCDC team. OT's services address fine motor, visual motor, visual perceptual and sensory processing skills. The therapists also work with students on activities of daily living, self-help and pre-vocational skills. The OTs participate in Transition Planning for post-secondary success as well. PT addresses gross motor function, balance, strength, coordination and motor planning skills. Navigation of school buildings and grounds, along with gym class participation and recess, can be a focus of PT. Peer interaction, independence, and transition planning need also fall under PT services.
Mental Health Services
The Child and Career Development Center has several Mental Health Specialists on staff during the school year to support our students who may need services during the school day. Parents are encouraged to contact the homeroom teacher if you have any questions throughout the school year.
Intensive Behavior Support
The Child and Career Development Center has a behavior consultant and several behaviorists on staff. The behavior team is available to provide support to staff members in the development of positive behavior support plans and to assist students throughout the day in need of behavior support.