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Preschool/Early Childhood Program

Lavelle’s Preschool/Early Childhood program is a full-day program for students ages 3-7. The program focuses on reading readiness for print and braille, communication skills, practice with augmentative communication devices and computers. Students may also receive speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, orientation and mobility lessons, and counseling services.

The creative curriculum works to establish an environment that supports active learning. By providing specialized instruction and intensive therapy, Lavelle prepares preschool students for successful integration into the least restrictive kindergarten program possible.

Life Skills Program

The Life Skills program instructs students ages 6-21 in the development of basic self-help skills, communication, sensory motor skills, socialization skills, and post-graduation transition. Many Life Skills students are nonverbal and learn to communicate using tangible cues and augmentative and alternative communication methods. The program also aims to instill positive behaviour strategies for students who are challenged by sensory and communication deficits.

The Life Skills program is composed of two core curricula:

  • Unique Learning System (ULS), an online standards-based curriculum specifically designed for special learners
  • Mobility Opportunities Via Education curriculum (MOVE) is an activities-based curriculum that teaches functional motor skills. MOVE was created for students who have not developed the physical skills necessary to sit independently, bear weight on their feet, or take reciprocal steps.

All instructional tasks align with Common Core standards.

R.E.A.C.H. Program

The R.E.A.C.H. (Readiness, Education, Academics, Careers, Habilitation) program places an emphasis on functional academics, work readiness and independent living skills. Students in R.E.A.C.H. are all visually impaired, have mild to moderate cognitive delays, and range from ages 6-21. In R.E.A.C.H., students utilize a variety of modes for learning, including braille, large print, audio, computers, speech output technology, and augmentative communication devices. Students also take classes in the areas of technology, language arts, science, social studies, math and, activities of daily living.

R.E.A.C.H. Curriculum utilizes Unique Learning System (ULS), an online standards based curriculum specifically designed for special learners.

Transition activities, such as off-campus work and career exploration field trips, are carried out by a transition coordinator and job coaches. According to their Individual Education Program, students receive services in speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, counseling, and orientation and mobility.



Lavelle’s comprehensive Orientation and Mobility (O&M) program is open to all students with visual impairment and with other disabilities. The goal of O&M services is for students to obtain maximum safety and independence when traveling around their daily environments such as school, home, work or neighbourhood. Certified O&M specialists work with students one-on-one and provide continuous evaluation of their skills. Through O&M instruction, students learn body images, environmental concepts, use of sensory information, use of adaptive mobility devices, and other mobility systems to negotiate environments. Students practice self-advocacy for soliciting assistance for travel, consumer skills for making purchases, and use of public transportation.


Students who are eligible for Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy as part of their Individualized Education Program (IEP) receive these services either integrated within the classroom environment or in a separate therapy session, depending on their needs. Our Occupational therapists and Physical therapists help students overcome sensory and mobility challenges in order to optimize their academic success.

Occupational Therapy focuses on the development of fine motor skills, hygiene practices and basic daily living skills.

Physical Therapy promotes the development of gross motor skills, ambulation and safe movement throughout the campus.


Speech and Language Pathologists provide treatment to students in natural social environments, catering to their individual needs outlined in their Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals. All speech/language pathologists work in collaboration with Lavelle’s teaching staff and other related service personnel to maximize students’ progress.

Speech in the Preschool and Early Childhood Program

Focuses on early language development, phonological development, and development of appropriate play skills and social interaction skills.

Speech in the Life Skills Program

Focuses on functional communication skills, use of augmentative and alternative communication, development of basic concepts and knowledge about the world, and facilitation of oral motor and feeding skills.

Speech in the R.E.A.C.H. Program

Focuses on increasing semantic knowledge, development of higher level language skills, and improving conversational and other social communication strategies.


Lavelle’s social workers are available to provide emotional and behavioral guidance for students. Lavelle also offers individual counseling sessions outside of the classroom as part of the students’ Individual Education Program.

Counseling sessions help students to meet everyday challenges. By better understanding their emotional responses to problems, students are able to improve coping strategies. Social workers are also available to help parents, teachers, and staff improve communication with students. Our bilingual social workers are available to help communicate with Spanish-speaking families as well.