All of our SCILLS programs allow for ample opportunities to participate meaningfully with nondisabled peers. These opportunities often include recess, lunch, specials, field trips, assemblies, and other subjects/times as determined appropriate by the IEP team.
The Life SCILLS program is designed to focus on the development of a basic communication system, provide a stimulating sensory environment to enhance learning through all senses and to increase each child’s independence through learning appropriate self-help skills.
Functional Academic SCILLS
Functional Academic SCILLS emphasizes the expansion of an already established communication system through a curriculum that is designed to meet each child’s individual needs. Children in this setting participate in activities designed to develop pre-academic and early literacy skills, self-help skills, and socialization skills.
Academic SCILLS provides students with a hands-on, concrete approach to reading, math, written expression, and content areas. The academics are based on the Arizona Common Core Standards, but alternative curriculum and methods are used to focus on the most important concepts and skills. When appropriate, children are given opportunities to “pre-learn” lesson material from the general education classroom to increase their success levels in that setting.
Communication Delay (CD) SCILLS
The Communication Delay (CD) SCILLS program is only offered at the elementary level. This class is designed for students with typical cognition and severe language delays. The purpose of this setting is to provide intensive remediation in the areas of language and academics so that the students can learn the skills needed to access the general education curriculum and environment.
MD SCILLS (MDSSI – Multiple Disabilities with Severe Sensory Impairment)
This program serves students with multiple disabilities, including, but not limited to, students with physical disabilities and cognitive impairments. Many of the students in this class have medical needs that need to be met, as well as sensory and functional needs. Many of the activities in these classrooms focus on life skills, sensory integration, pre-academics, and fine and gross motor development. These students are included with their nondisabled peers to the greatest extent possible, always with support from special education staff to ensure safety and maximum benefit.