Laureate offers comprehensive mental health treatment along with individualized education planning to students K-8 (ages 5-15) with a primary diagnosis of autism(AUT/ASD); students categorized as ED/LD/OHI who are experiencing symptoms of depression, anxiety, OCD, school refusal, and/or ADHD are typically very successful in the program as well. Students with severe emotional disorders are more appropriately referred to the Metro Prep Grade School.
The Laureate program is small by design and maintains a high staff to student ratio, using a multi-disciplinary, team approach. Each multi-grade classroom is staffed by a state-certified special education teacher and at least one teacher aide; additional aides are provided for extra support, as needed. Other team members include state-licensed counselors, a speech-language pathologist, an occupational therapist, a reading specialist, a LD resource teacher, a psychiatric consultant, and a school psychologist, as well as computer, art, and P.E. teachers. We provide a full 12 month schedule for students and the Extended School Year (ESY) component is an essential and required part of our program.
Admission to Laureate is initiated by referral from local school districts for students in need of private placement; 45-day diagnostic placements are also available for students recently identified for special education services. Parents and districts are encouraged to call or visit our campus to determine which program is best for their child.
Program components include:
· Structured Teaching – we use the TEACCH model of Structured Teaching in all of our classrooms. Structured Teaching support will be used in all areas of the school including group, PE, art, and resource. Learn more about this approach at teacch.com
Behavior Management – we have developed our own exclusive behavior management system
that can only be found at Laureate - The RPI Daily Functioning Behavior
· Zones of Regulation® – This popular and successful curriculum by Leah Kuypers, M.A. Ed., OTR/L supports students with self-regulation and emotional control. Learn more at www.zonesofregulation.com
· Social Thinking® – Social Thinking® is a term coined by Michele Garcia Winner, CCC-SLP and represents a coordinated teaching framework of curriculum, vocabulary, tools and strategies for individuals ages preschool through adults. The concepts of perspective taking, expected versus unexpected behaviors, and whole body listening (among others) will be taught in group and used with students throughout the school milieu. Learn more at www.socialthinking.com.
· Interpersonal Play Therapy© (IPT) – Exclusive to Laureate, this counseling model will provide a weekly social experience for two students together under the direct supervision and support of a counselor. In addition, our students receive one individual counseling session per week and social skills group therapy every day.
· Transition/Life Skills – Junior high students will participate in regularly scheduled life skills groups and community outings coordinated by our OT and SLP. In addition, Laureate uses the TTAP (Teacch Transition Assessment Profile) to assess and identify transition goals, strengths, and areas of need for our older students.
· iPads – Every student at Laureate will be provided with access to an iPad for use at school. A variety of Apps are used for academic, communication, social-emotional, and social-leisure support.