The educational program
Woodland students have a curriculum designed to encourage individuals with cognitive impairments to develop life skills. Students progress as far as they are able.
For example, students are taught how to work with money. First they identify coins, then tell the coins' value, then combine coins to make a higher value, and finally use this knowledge by going into the community, paying in cash and waiting for change.
Woodland’s program focuses on function, unlike many other educational programs. The staff believes that a student is more likely to remember something if they are taught to use that information in daily life.
In conjunction with the educational program, Woodland also offers the following services:
- Physical Therapy
- Speech and Language Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Psychological Testing
- Audiological Testing
- Orientation and Mobility
Physical education, swimming, life science and music also are offered to students.
Woodland’s primary focus is to provide a protective and nurturing environment in which students learn life skills necessary to function in society. With the guidance of highly experienced and educated staff members, Woodland students practice these life skills in the community through three major programs:
- Community-based instruction: Students learn how to access community resources such as stores and banks.
- Pre-vocational education: Students learn work skills such as reading job-related materials, using a functional vocabulary, being on time, finishing tasks and reporting to a supervisor.
- Social skills training: Students role-play reactions to different social situations to develop or reinforce proper responses.
One of the ways Woodland tries to involve parents is at each student’s yearly Individualized Educational Planning (IEP) review. In this review, parents discuss their child’s development and needs. Parental suggestions can be incorporated into the student’s instruction and training program. Parents also are encouraged to participate in Woodland’s parent-teacher organization and students' extracurricular activities, such as the Special Olympics.
The school day
From 8:45 a.m. to 2:55 p.m., more than 180 students ages 3 to 26 attend Woodland Developmental Center. In classrooms for the moderately cognitively impaired, students follow the regular school calendar. They also are offered an optional summer program. Students in classrooms for the severely cognitively impaired or severely multiply impaired attend Woodland 205 days a year.