The YCOE Multiple Disabilities Program supports students who range in age from 3 years to 22 years of age. Services are provided within four classrooms on the campus of Greengate School, a self-contained YCOE Special Education site, and two classes on a comprehensive elementary and a K-8 campus in West Sacramento (WUSD). The classroom size and adult-child ratio support the intensive needs of students. Services by various support staff, including the speech-language pathologist, occupational and physical therapists, the behaviorist and the nurse are typically provided in the classroom.
The program provides for repeated opportunities for meaningful practice of daily living skills which are adapted to meet students’ unique abilities and needs for motor, vision, hearing and intellectual disability and other needs. Students demonstrate a wide range of abilities with individual and group opportunities for skill development. Some of these skills include toileting and hygiene practices, eating and snack preparation, dressing, sorting, assembling, math skills involving money and simple computation, and basic reading and writing skills. Assistive technology is a prevalent feature and includes iPads, interactive boards, adaptive equipment for sitting, standing and moving and various types of switches and other adapted tools for daily living skills.
Communication skill development, including frequent communication opportunities, is a primary focus in all classrooms. Students may have limited verbal skills and/or use a variety of augmentative and alternative communication systems, including iPads, gestures, picture exchange symbols (PECS), or sign language.
In addition to the classrooms, students participate in educational and social opportunities on the comprehensive campus or nearby comprehensive campuses, including Woodland High School. Community based instruction occurs regularly in local stores, parks, and restaurants.