Autism

The Woodland Autism Program services students in grades K-12, as well as post graduate students. Our Autism Programs are student-centered, focusing on meeting a variety of language, academic and social/behavioral/emotional needs in a small, structured and nurturing environment. We focus on social and emotional learning throughout the school year using social stories with students.  We focus on development of pragmatic language skills. Students have sensory items in their classroom to serve as calming tools, tools to take breaks, and tools to redirect focus. Individual goals and objectives are implemented into the classroom to meet each students’ needs utilizing auditory, visual, and kinesthetic learning opportunities throughout each lesson.  Visual Organizers, Visual Schedules and PECS are used where appropriate to assist students with being successful in classroom routines and transitions.  Our students, if needed, are also supported by our Speech and Language Pathologist and Occupational Therapist.  The students work on daily living skills and our older students work on vocational skills.  



Transition Program and Vocational Education (Life Skills)

The mission of the Transition Program is to prepare students for the “real world” upon exiting high school. Our focus is on increasing students’ independence in daily living activities, as well as preparing them for employment. Students work on life skills both in the classroom (i.e. cooking/baking, household chores, money management) and in the community (i.e. grocery shopping, recreational activities, public transportation.) Students participate in school-based vocational tasks, as well as community-based vocational experiences, with the support of classroom staff/job coaches. Work experiences in the local community have included Dollar Tree, Savers, East Hartford Public Library, etc. The Transition Program also helps students and their families connect with community agencies that may provide supports in their future, such as the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) and Department of Developmental Services (DDS.)



Elementary


The Woodland Elementary Program services grade K-5 special education students.  Our classes are student-centered focusing on meeting a variety of academic and social/behavioral/emotional needs in a small, structured and nurturing environment. We focus on social and emotional learning throughout the school year with support from our school social worker and board certified behavior analyst. Individual goals and objectives are implemented into the classroom to meet each students’ needs.  We are focused on reading improvement in areas of phonemic awareness, decoding, encoding, fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary.  Mathematical concepts are introduced, practiced and applied throughout daily lessons.  We also cover Science and Social Studies concepts throughout the year. Our students, if needed, are also supported by our Speech and Language Pathologist, Instructional Coach, Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Occupational Therapist.  

 

Middle

Our Woodland Middle School Team focuses on bridging the gap between elementary and high school. We strive to provide our students with the skills needed to transform into independent lifelong learners who become responsible contributors to their community. We do this by teaching our students 21st century skills, including critical thinking, collaboration, communication, information literacy, and technology literacy. We provide access to grade level curriculum while meeting the unique needs of our students. We appreciate every student and focus on academic and social emotional growth daily. We utilize differentiated instruction to successfully meet all of our student's needs. We work collaboratively with our transdisciplinary team to provide an environment where every student can feel safe to grow both academically and socially.