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Academic Environment and Curriculum

FACE uses high quality, research-based teaching techniques driven by each IMG_4320student’s annual academic, social, behavioral, vocational, and communication benchmarks in addition to those outlined in the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards.

Based on the student’s assessment, a teaching plan is created for each of his or her Individualized Education Plan (IEP) goals. These teaching plans are then further broken down into individual outcomes. Data is collected at least three times per week to evaluate the student’s progress and is reviewed monthly by a behavior analyst. This information is also shared with parents in a daily communication log sent home with the student.

Physical, occupational and speech therapy is also provided on-site at FACE (by Children’s Choice for Therapy) in addition to the following curriculum:

Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)
Designed especially for children with autism who have delays in speech development, PECS is an alternative to vocal communication that uses pictures instead of words to help children communicate. PECS is usually taught in six (6) progressive phases, where the pictures/icons are phased out as language develops. For children who are non-verbal, PECS can also be a first step towards using an electronic communication device.
ACCESS Social Skills Curriculum
Adolescent Curriculum for Communication and Effective Social Skills (ACCESS) is a complete curriculum that teaches effective social skills to middle and high school-level students. The program teaches peer-to-peer skills, skills for relating to adults, and self-management skills.
SRA Snapshots Simply Science
SRA Snapshots Simply Science is a multimedia program designed to introduce science to students in grades 1-2. Using picture books, science facts and simple technology, this program makes learning science fun and more accessible to children by stimulating their imaginations and creativity.
Edmark Reading Program
The Edmark Reading Program teaches basic reading skills to struggling and non-readers using short, instructional steps and instruction. Students are taught recognition and comprehension through a carefully planned introduction of words and sentence structure to promote language development. As a result, students improve self-confidence while developing vocabulary.
MEville to WEville
As the first researched-based literacy curriculum developed for students with learning challenges in the moderate to severe range, MEville to WEville is designed to build a classroom community that promotes a sense of belonging. Each unit offers students a new and different perspective on themselves, their families, and their school.
Saxon Math
The Saxon Math method of instruction teaches students mathematics in incremental steps by teaching a new math concept every day while constantly reviewing old concepts. For students who struggle in mathematics, this approach allows them to retain and practice the material they previously learned before diving into a new lesson.
AMP Reading
The AMP Reading System is a complete reading intervention system developed for striving middle and high school students who read at a third- to sixth-grade level. This program focuses on comprehension strategies, vocabulary, and building fluency through the use of explicit instruction and highly engaging student materials.
The Hidden Curriculum
Hidden Curriculum refers to unwritten rules that are taught to students, but are not part of the primary and open curriculum. Through a variety of quiet communications, hidden curriculum focuses on what behaviors are appropriate, who is valued and other social and behavioral rules. Students who are properly taught the hidden curriculum improve their self-esteem and independence and are better able to navigate the barriers to social acceptability.
Social Skills Builder
Social Skill Builder is a series of innovative software programs that use interactive videos to teach key social thinking, language and behavior that are critical to everyday living. By using real life scenarios that immediately engage the user to answer questions, make judgments, and establish outcomes, this type of interaction produces a higher level of understanding and retention than passively watching video stories.
Discreet Trial Trainer
The Discreet Trial Trainer is a computer software program based on the Discrete Trial method which uses a single cycle of a behaviorally-based instruction routine. Students learn a variety of subjects and acquire new skills through the program’s various modules using basic learning exercises and a wide variety of rewards or reinforcers.
Functional Independence Skills Handbook (FISH)
The goal of the FISH program is to teach functional living skills for greater independence. The curriculum contains lessons covering the targeted functional skill areas. Lessons include skill areas such as: eating with a fork; making a sandwich; telling time by hours; using a clothes dryer; dialing a phone; not hurting others; using money at a store; opening a door; sharing news; unfolding boxes; using a time clock; and many more.