We are a small private special education school that supports students ages 8- 22 with Autism Spectrum Disorders, developmental disabilities, dual diagnoses, and social skills deficits. Our primary goal is to teach functional and pro-social skills that can be easily generalized to the student’s community and home. There is a strong emphasis on functional communication and verbal behavior. At The Durham Center, students learn academic, social, daily living skills, independent living skills, community and vocational skill development.
“We believe every child wants to learn!”
Staff and Specialists include Special Education Teachers and Aides, Board Certified Behavior Analysts, a Speech Pathologist, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist, Vocational Coordinator and Clinical Psychologist. They are trained to serve youngsters with intellectual disabilities and challenging behavior through our day and extended day programs. It is our goal to enrich the lives of students with cognitive, social, behavioral, and communicative disabilities so that they may translate their goals into meaningful accomplishments.
Curriculum We help our students achieve success through an integrated curriculum that includes the ACE (Autism Curriculum Encyclopedia) premier educational system, a state of the art curriculum, for learners with autism. We employ positive behavior supports as well as ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) to help students build skills and achieve social, language, and academic success. Ongoing behavioral assessment, individualized academic assessment and the use of a variety of instructional methodologies create a personalized learning experience for each student.
Transitional Programming to prepare for adult life is the focus for students ages 14-22. The Durham Center offers community based pre-vocational and vocational programs where students are supported by job coaches and have the opportunity to job shadow and many students move to volunteer or paid placements in local hospitals, restaurants, news publications, sport shops, fitness centers and more. Community inclusion also involves building day to day life skills such as banking, shopping, recreational activities and neighborhood involvement. Students also have scheduled time to use community and public school facilities such as pools, exercise rooms, libraries etc.
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