Programs

The ECC offers a continuum of services. Our programs are individualized to meet the needs of our young learners and consist of the following:

Itinerant Speech and Language Services: Miss Pat & Miss Kathy

Friendship Circle: Miss Katy

Friendship Circle is a way for children to learn social skills. Friendship circle is taught by the school social worker and supported by a paraprofessional. We meet weekly to teach different areas of socialization, such as greeting, meeting someone new, turn-taking, sharing, interrupting, waiting, identifying your feelings and the feelings of others, and joining in play situations. We put a lot of focus on teaching self-regulation skills. These skills will be taught during a thirty minute lesson in a classroom and facilitated play.

Integrated Preschool Classrooms: Miss Sandi, Miss Eileen, & Miss Rachel

These classrooms are preschool classrooms in which children with disabilities are integrated or included in a classroom with typically developing children. These classrooms focus on the whole child and address the child’s needs in the following areas: gross motor, fine motor, speech and language development, pre-academic skills and social and emotional development. In our integrated classrooms, you may find a speech pathologist, occupational and/or physical therapist sometimes working with the children, building upon each child’s experiences.

Social Skills Based Classrooms: Miss Caitlyn & Miss Tammy

These two classrooms are preschool classrooms in which children with disabilities (which includes a delay in social skills) work in a classroom with typically developing children. These classrooms focus on the whole child and address the child’s needs in the following areas: gross motor, fine motor, speech and language development, pre-academic skills.  In addition to the regular PreK curriculum, there is also instruction in social skills and consistent opportunities to practice social skills throughout the day.  In the social skills classrooms, you may find a speech pathologist, occupational and/or physical therapist sometimes working with the children, building upon each child’s experiences.

Complex Learners Cohort or CLC Classroom: Miss Bret & Miss Tammy

These classrooms are ABA based (Applied Behavior Analysis), self-contained, and focus on teaching skills to students using discrete trial instruction or DTI. DTI is used to teach skills to children who are not yet learning in the natural environment. It is a very systematic approach to learning that involves breaking down a task into very specific steps. Once a child has demonstrated mastery of a skill using this approach, the skill is generalized to the natural environment.