Our Comprehensive Approach
Our aim is that students become as confident and independent as they can be.
To that end, every student’s educational program is individually designed to build self-esteem and self-reliance through a combination of academics, recreation, leisure skills, a work-readiness program and a Career Technology Education Program.
- The typical classroom has a 2:1 student-to-staff ratio, and classes are typically 4-6 students.
- As students progress, they may begin taking classes at The Learning Center for the Deaf’s main campus in elementary, middle school or high school programs.
- Our educational staff members have degrees in special education and/or Deaf education, and they receive ongoing training in emotional and psychiatric disorders, counseling skills and intervention strategies.
- A work-readiness program designed to develop task-oriented behaviors and an understanding of the working world is available, as well as a Career Technology Education Program which offers a wide range of vocational classes and hands-on opportunities. When appropriate, this may lead to supervised on-campus or community employment.
Highly individualized clinical care is the hallmark of Walden School.
Each of our students has unique therapeutic and behavioral counseling needs. Consequently, individual treatment plans are created for each student by a multidisciplinary team of experts including the parent or guardian, the Clinical Director, masters-level therapists, a clinical psychologist and a child psychiatrist, the student’s following teacher and a residential advocate.
Plans are reviewed every twelve weeks, and students are encouraged, when appropriate, to help with the design.
- All Walden School students receive individual therapy, and many are involved in group therapy sessions as well.
- Family support is a key component of our clinical services. We work with families to help students successfully return to their home environment, providing ongoing therapy, home visits, training, consultations and parent support groups.
- We have a full-time family partner who works with parents in the home and helps facilitate home/school communication and planning.
The Family Residence, an on-campus residence located next to Walden School, provides a comfortable location to stay when parents are visiting their child. Because the house is outside the immediate Walden School setting yet close to program staff and facilities, it’s also an ideal place to begin the transitional process of reuniting a resident with his or her family. The family residence accommodates up to 2-5 guests.
Our students live, learn and play in a beautiful, modern campus setting.
Our 13,000-square-foot facility is outfitted with recreation, dining, counseling and classroom areas.
Students have access to The Learning Center’s two swimming pools, a playground and full-sized gymnasium.
- Because many of our students have previously suffered trauma, a sense of privacy and a feeling of personal safety are critical to their development. For this reason, every Walden School student has his or her own private bedroom.
- Outside the classroom the residential program provides the opportunity for students to work on developing independent living, social and recreational skills. Along with homework and chores, students attend local Deaf community events and participate in activities that range from bicycling, skiing and team sports to dramatics, yoga and gardening.
- As a part of the larger Learning Center family, our students acquire a sense of being part of a vibrant and thriving Deaf community.
At Walden School, our licensed nurses collaborate with staff to give students optimal medical, psychiatric and emotional care. They are an integral part of the treatment team. With few exceptions, nurses administer all medications and treatments. Their consistent, caring presence is important to our students and an essential component of our program.
Additionally, Walden School has a full-time case manager who assists families in securing medical care for their child, particularly when the student is from out of state.
Walden School has a consulting nutritionist who works closely with the nursing department, students and their families, and our staff to assist students in maintaining a healthy lifestyle and weight.