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 Our Programs at Timberwilde

Applied Learning Environment (ALE)

ALE is a specialized instruction setting for students in special education. This instructional setting is intended for students who have a moderate to severe cognitive disability, need functional academics, and daily living skills to promote independence. Students’ access grade level TEKS at the prerequisite skill level and need intensive individualized instruction in a variety of instructional settings with substantial modificationsfor ALE

Behavior Mastery Center (BMC/BASE)

The BMC and BASE programs specialize in supporting the individual educational needs of each student through behavioral and academic foundations. Our primary objective is to provide an environment that contributes to the acquisition of academic and pro-social behavior skills that generalize throughout all aspects of a student's life.

Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)

ECSE is any special education service for children ages 3-5 which begin as early as the child's 3rd birthday. ECSE services are provided through a continuum of service options that may include "drop-in" speech therapy, in-class support, or specialized instruction as decided by the child's ARD Committee.

Collaborative Support - When provided the appropriate level of support to meet their needs, most students with disabilities can be successful in the context of the general education classroom with a variety of supplemental aids and services, which in some cases might include instruction or behavioral support from a second adult.  This support is directly related to the goals and objectives of the student with the disability and is designed to minimize the impact of the disability on the performance of the student in the general education classroom. The support occurs in the general education classroom. The frequency and intensity of support is based on the individual need of the student and is determined via the IEP process.

Speech - The Speech-Language service helps students improve their speech and/or language and assists them in becoming more successful in school by improving their listening and speaking skills.  These services are determined on an individual basis by the Admission, Review and Dismissal (ARD) committee.

Special Education Counseling - This service provides counseling that focuses on school-related issues and is considered to support the student in achieving his or her individual education goals in the Individual Education Plan (IEP).  Counseling emphasizes practical and immediate application rather than development of insight. These services are determined on an individual basis by the Admission, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) committee.

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