Designing and offering specialized programs to wholly serve students with varying degrees of special needs is the Port View Preparatory® promise, every day. Our highly trained and educated expert team uses evidence-based and hands-on applications to ensure that each student gets the individual academic and behavioral instruction needed to excel beyond their expectations. This also applies to our unique community integration and training program.
Many parents and caregivers tell us that they avoid taking their special needs children out into community settings, including restaurants, museums, libraries and movie theaters because they often become antsy and/or engage in a variety of challenging behaviors.
Navigating the Social Scene: Restaurants, Movies and More
Community training integration helps coach and guide students to adjust behaviors according to their settings so that this unfortunate exclusion of life-affirming activities is minimized or eliminated entirely. Individuals with special needs must assimilate in society as frequently as possible so that independence can be established as they progress in maturity and age. Appropriate behaviors and reactions are acquired with training and time, and it’s valuable for students to learn ways to interact in public settings; the sooner they learn, the better for them and for their parents and/or caregivers.
Because Port View Preparatory® offers an array of specialized and individualized programs and services tailored to train and transition students into the world socially – including speech and language pathology, occupational therapy, vocational and career development, our unique PEERS and social skills training program – it’s only natural that an extension of these valuable offerings would be putting them into practice in real-world settings.
The Port View Prep team is dedicated to taking instruction outside the classroom and therapy space in order to expose students to everyday situations and venues like restaurants, grocery stores, movie theaters, museums and other local community shops, entertainment and attractions to help socially integrate them through supervised interaction. Isolation and avoidance only leads to increased dependence on parents and caregivers. Inclusion and living as independently as possible is the ultimate goal of Port View Prep’s community integration training.
For more information on the community integration training program at Port View Preparatory®, please contact Principals Edward Miguel at 714-463-6391 or Melaura Erickson-Tomaino at 714-463-6392.