Center-Based Programs

Learning in a Dedicated Classroom Setting

Specialized, center-based programs provide special education services to students who need to spend the majority of their day in a dedicated classroom setting.  Special education disability areas often served by a specialized program include Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Developmental Cognitive Delay (DCD), or Emotional/Behavioral Disorder (EBD). 

Although students in these programs might have another primary disability, they have a need for special education outside the regular classroom for a majority of their day.  They have an identified need for a special education, Federal Setting III classroom.

Martha Simpson-Corn Assistant Director of Student Services martha.simpson@isd623.org
651-635-1636

Developmental Cognitive Disability (DCD) Program

A developmental cognitive disability program is designed for students who have significant intellectual delays and deficits in adaptive behavior or functional skills.

DCD Program Features

These programs have:

  • Licensed teachers who are trained in researched-based curriculum and strategies to help students need academic content linked to real-life activities.
  • A curriculum that has alternative achievement standards, alternative assessments that incorporate functional skills, and related services that promote student development.

 DCD Center-Based Programs

Students spend 60% of the school day in a separate, special education classroom with a teacher specifically trained to work with students who have significant academic, functional, communication, motor, and health needs.

Emotional Behavioral Disorder (EBD) Program

An emotional behavioral disorders program is designed to help students who are withdrawn, have anxiety, are aggressive, or have disordered thought patterns.

EBD Program Features

These programs have:

  • Trained staff that work with students to build consistent routines. They use behavior reinforcements and support as well as individualized behavior plans. 
  • A curriculum and a classroom climate that teach and reinforce appropriate social skills and interactions.

EBD Center-Based Programs

Students are taught in a structured environment to help reduce high levels of withdrawal, anxiety, and/or aggression.  They spend 60% of their school day in a separate, special education classroom with a teacher trained to work with students that have significant emotional and/or behavioral issues and academic needs.  Students in the program access general education classes according to their individual educational needs.

Communication/Interaction Disorder (CID) Program

A CID program is designed for students who need help with social interactions, communications, and the presence of restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behaviors, interests, and activities. 

CID Program Features

These programs have:

  • A classroom environment that provides structure, visual supports, direct teaching of social cognition and communication skills by establishing predictable routines and using individual and small group instruction.
  • Integral program components include teaching self-awareness and sensory strategies for self-control as well as using a proactive approach to challenging behaviors.

ASD Center-Based Programs

Students spend 60% of the school day in a separate, special education classroom with a teacher trained to use research-based strategies to teach students who have significant academic, functional, social, communication, motor, and/or health needs.

 

Martha Simpson-Corn Assistant Director of Student Services martha.simpson@isd623.org
651-635-1636