This program provides students with orthopedic impairments the opportunity to participate in an educational program based on strategies offered by physical and occupational therapists to assist these students in mobility and adjustment to his/her individual handicapping condition.
According to IDEA 2004, orthopedic impairment means a severe orthopedic impairment that adversely affects a child’s educational performance. The term includes:
- impairments caused by congenital anomaly (e.g., clubfoot, absence of some member, etc.)
- impairments caused by disease (e.g., poliomyelitis, bone tuberculosis, etc.)
- impairments from other causes (e.g., cerebral palsy, amputations, and fractures or burns that cause contractures).
Curriculum and InstructionA trans-disciplinary approach is implemented to ensure all services are coordinated and focused to address the students’ Individual Education Programs (IEPs). A strong emphasis is placed on communication and daily living skills. Additional interventions may include special diets, modified teaching materials, and adaptive equipment for seating. The life skills domains and opportunities are also available in this program. Assistive technology plays a major role in helping these students communicate and access their environment more independently.
The following curriculums are used and adapted based on individual student needs:
- The Eden Core Curriculum encompasses teaching strategies for students ages three through 14. It includes teaching programs in the areas of learning readiness, pre-academics, academics, occupational skills, social and play skills, as well as general information regarding behavioral teaching techniques.
- SRA Corrective Reading provides intensive intervention for students who are reading one or more years below their chronological age. This corrective reading decoding program provides tools to determine an accurate starting place for students. Daily lessons are teacher directed and scripted to insure an appropriate pace of instruction. There is also a management system to track student progress.
- Star Reporter is designed to provide curricular integration through alignment with general education standards and functional areas as defined in student IEPs. This supplemental program is designed to incorporate assistive technology into real-life learning experiences for children with special needs.