The year-round education and development of children with autism is a distinction of the LCS campus that is significantly impacting lives on a daily basis.
The Discovery Program is made up of two self-contained classrooms offered to students with a specific diagnosis of autism and/or related disabilities. This special education program is available for children five to 14 years old with an emphasis on academic skills and independent living skills. Classroom instruction is based on a blended model of best practice approaches to autism treatment including applied behavior analysis (ABA), incidental teaching, picture exchange communication systems (PECS), and social skills training.
The curriculum is specially modified to meet each child’s individual needs. Children are taught in a low ratio (1:4), structured classroom by teachers who have had extensive training in autism spectrum disorders and evidence-based practice. Each child’s individual education plan is reviewed annually with the parent to monitor progress and ensure program effectiveness. Tuition costs for the Discovery Program include weekly speech/language and occupational therapy and the extended school year program.
The Discovery Program began several years ago with four students in one small classroom. As the children moved into their new home in the George W. Jenkins Discovery Wing of the Elementary/Middle School Building, the program immediately tripled its enrollment, with others seeking to participate.
Families enrolled in the Discovery Program are extremely pleased with the quality and credentials of the faculty, and they are thankful for the many aspects of the program that are not available in the public school setting.
The presence of these very special children on campus is mutually “life-altering.” Discovery students and “regular-ed” students have formed close bonds. Children see that we are all unique and can help one another. Students are learning to build relationships and solve problems – a win-win situation.