Students in the Oak Classroom are upper elementary and middle school age (11 to 14) with moderate to severe language and self-care needs. These students learn effectively in a pair, but they can learn in a group of three. The classroom staff work closely with Victory’s Speech Language Pathology Team (when appropriate) to assist students in their language development and incorporate the use of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) systems for individual students.
These students require more frequent praise and reinforcement schedules in order to remain motivated during work blocks. Sensory activities and social engagement opportunities are interspersed throughout the school day and customized programs are created for each student to teach academics, emotional regulation, social skills, and daily living skills.
These students participate in twice-weekly CBI in order to generalize skills learned in the classroom. The focus of CBI is identifying community helpers, engaging with staff at CBI locations, locating items on a grocery list, and responding to signs in the community, like “Wet Floor,” “Stop,” “Do Not Enter,” and the like.
The students, age 13 and above, take part in Victory’s Work Experience Program (WE) and intern at various businesses. In 2018-2019, the students will learn foundational job skills at places such as McDonald’s, Wow! Burger, Wilsonville Lanes, The Salon Professional Academy, Columbia River Knife and Tool, Horizon Elementary, Critter Cabana, Our Table, and Victory’s own coffee shop (Bloom).