Life Skills Program

Life Skills Classroom

Our Life Skills program is designed to give learners the essential practical skills that they need to live independently as they get older. These classrooms are set up with rooms that you may have in your own home. These rooms can include a living room, bedroom, playroom, kitchen, laundry room, and bathroom. Learners enrolled in our Life Skills classroom create grocery lists and bring his/her/their own groceries each week. Each child plans and prepares his/her/their meals during the day. Learners bring their personal laundry each week to be washed, dried, folded, and hung.

Mission Statement

We believe that children of all ages into adulthood thrive in a safe, loving and developmentally-appropriate environment. Our goal is to provide a play-based, developmentally-appropriate environment where typically-developing children can learn and grow alongside children with special needs. We strive to offer high-quality in-house therapies to the children and families enrolled in CDS.

We Believe

  • Play and experiential learning is extremely vital to health, physical, cognitive, social development and growth in children. Children develop knowledge of their world through active interactions with caregivers, peers, materials, and events. Learning proceeds at different rates in each child and within each area. All learning and progress should be recognized and celebrated. We believe in getting messy!

Classroom Management

All our classrooms’ methods are based on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) methods. Staff members are trained in ABA and use it to ensure productive and positive interactions in the classroom. Peer-mediated instruction is  taught as the method of problem-solving and relationship building between learners. This involves teaching peers without disabilities ways of engaging learners with special needs in positive and meaningful social interactions.



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