Individualized instructional programming with outcome-based services
One of the great strengths of The Centers for Exceptional Children is that educational and therapeutic programming is individualized. For each child, there is either an Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP/Birth -2) or Individualized Education Plan (IEP/3 and up). These plans start with the present levels of performance for the child, establish appropriate goals, prescribe necessary interventions, and state how the accomplishment of goals will be measured. In other words, IFSP’s and IEP’s provide us with the ultimate version of outcome-based services.
Both The Children’s Center and The Special Children’s School primarily provide a developmentally-appropriate education. Given their special needs, these children are typically unable to thrive in a traditional, age-appropriate curriculum setting.