Students in the Magnolia Classroom are elementary age (6-9), with moderate to intensive language and self-care needs. They must be able to learn in a pair and participate in group instruction for portions of their day. A personalized communication system and language program is developed for each student at the beginning of the year, with the goal of developing the student’s receptive, expressive, and social language. These students are working on foundational skills to be ready to learn in larger group environments, increase their stamina to work for longer periods of time, and increase their independent and interactive leisure activities.
Individualized behavior interventions help decrease existing barriers to access a range of environments and activities. Academics are customized (and modified as necessary) for each student and follow Oregon State Standards.
Magnolia students require more frequent praise and reinforcement in order to remain motivated during work time. They are able to request for preferred items in short phrases and can follow basic directions, with moderate to little prompting from an instructor. For example, during familiar routines (for example, during snack time) students are able to follow directions to retrieve their lunchbox and set up their own snack. Sensory engagement, social skills, and language practice is interspersed throughout the school day, and individualized programs are created to increase independence with daily living practices (for example, expanding food repertoires, utensil use, hygiene routines, etc.).
Magnolia students participate in weekly Community Based Instruction (CBI) in order to generalize skills learned in the classroom and expand activity interests. For example, while out on CBI, students practice staying with the group, being flexible transitioning within different locations, and visiting the Library.