Deafblind Program Curriculum

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The Deafblind Program offers several curriculum options, each aligned with the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks including English Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies.

Our curriculum has been developed over the course of nearly two centuries of working with individuals who are deafblind. Although the curriculum reflects all that we have learned, we are always making new discoveries and embrace flexibility as innovation changes the way we teach.

Preschool:

An early childhood curriculum for children ages three through six.   

  • Development of early language and communication
  • Play and cognitive development
  • Preschool curriculum experiences via the use of multisensory materials
  • Social experiences in small groups and behavior development
  • Self-help skills (toileting, eating, dressing)
  • Sensory integration

Early Academics:

A program for young children ages five through 12.

  • Development of early language and communication
  • Individually and developmentally based instruction focused on assisting the student to become as independent as possible
  • Cognition and early academic skills using a thematic approach based on English Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies
  • Development of play skills
  • Interactive play skills in one-on-one and small group setting
  • Social and behavior skills emphasized throughout the day
  • Experiences in the community
 

Academic:

Academic course/grade level content for children ages six through 22.

  • Language and communication
  • Full range of academic subjects including English Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies
  • Expanded Core Curriculum subjects such as Independent Living Skills and Vocational training
  • Recreation, Leisure, Social and Community skills
  • High school diploma program for eligible students

Functional Academic:

Curricula for students ages 12 through 22 focused on teaching functional academic skills.

  • Basic number concepts, time and money skills, sorting and matching, calendar concepts, reading and writing
  • Daily living and self help skills (laundry skills, household chores, cooking, grocery shopping, personal hygiene)
  • Social skills
  • Leisure, recreation and community skills (indoor and outdoor play activities, bowling, movies, parks, shopping, etc.)
 

Life Skills:

Curricula for students ages 12 through 22 focused on teaching functional life skills geared to increasing student independence.

  • Communication skills
  • Functional skills to enhance independence in supported living and vocational environments
  • Motor skills
  • Social skills
  • Leisure, recreation and community skills
  • Daily living and self help skills (cooking, grocery shopping, chores, laundry skills, personal hygiene, eating, toileting, etc.)

Vocational Training:

A program for adolescent students ages 14 through 22 focused on teaching work skills to prepare them for post-school adult living opportunities.

  • On-campus work training options include: recycling, filling soda machines, mail delivery, plant care, supplies delivery, coin sorting/rolling, clerical work, etc.
  • Community based training options are available for all students 16 and older. Placement is determined by student interests and preferences as well as their strengths.
  • Community based work training opportunities including placements at greenhouses, recycling centers, office buildings, cafeterias, produce markets, banks, museums, malls, etc.
 

Besides the academic curriculum, the services listed below are offered for each student as appropriate:

Support services:

  • Orientation and Mobility Instruction
  • Adapted Physical Education
  • Computer/Technology
  • Residential
  • Transition

Clinical services:

  • Psychology
  • Behavioral Consultation
  • Speech Therapy
  • Audiology
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Social Work
  • Health Services