Multiply Disabled Program


Program Definition and Services Provided

The Multiply Disabled (MD) program is designed for students with significant cognitive, social and physical needs. It is structured for the student to progress through a continuum of specialized learning environments that meet individual developmental and functional needs.

Students with limited motor abilities benefit from proper positioning in order to reduce the occurence of: pressure sores, muscle contractures, joint stiffness, and joint atrophy. Other advantages include attention to task, optimal use of residual mobility, and safe-improved feeding. The staff is extensively trained on the variety of equipment that is available in each classroom.

Communication is a primary goal in our instructional program and a variety of expressive options are provided for nonverbal students. These include rocking switch plates, E-tran boards, compartment communicators, picture exchange systems, language boards and voice output devices. The Speech Department develops communication systems, the teachings of which are coordinated with the classroom for generalization of skills.

Mealtime management is a vital focus of the school day. Lunch and snack times are valuable instructional opportunities. We service children who are dependent feeders, as well as students who are dependent upon others for their nourishment. Our internal resources make staff available for consultations and training of fellow team members in the techniques essential for the development of mealtime skills. Saftey is of the utmost importance, thus, mealtime is closely monitored.

Nursing services are a major part of the program. The nursing staff works cooperatively with parents and private physicians to ensure the health and safety of all students. Nurses are available for tube feedings, physician ordered treatments, medication distribution, and all of the daily nursing needs in a school environment.