Students in the Cedar Classroom are both middle and high school age (15–19) with moderate to intensive language and self-care needs. These students learn most effectively in a pair, but they can learn in a group of 3-4 as well. The classroom staff work closely with Victory’s Speech Language Pathology Team to develop and incorporate the use of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) systems for an individual student.
These students require more frequent praise and reinforcement in order to remain motivated during customized work sessions. Students learn and apply skills in the context of meaningful events. Sensory activities and social engagement opportunities are interspersed throughout the school day and personalized programs are created for each student to teach academics, emotional regulation, social skills, and daily living skills. Students in this classroom have access to a wide range of academics (primarily taught in context), aligned with Oregon State Standards for students accessing modified curriculum.
These students participate in twice-weekly Community Based Instruction (CBI) in order to generalize skills learned in the classroom.
The students engage in work experience and intern at various businesses. In 2020-2021, the students will learn foundational job skills at places such as Oregon Dog Rescue, McDonald’s, the Wilsonville Library, Columbia River Knife and Tool, Horizon Elementary, Critter Cabana, Our Table, and Victory’s own coffee shop (Bloom).