Progressive Paths continues to provide individualized instruction in a small group setting for individuals with significant disabilities. The program’s success is in providing a nurturing, yet challenging learning environment. Individuals in this program benefit from a smaller staff to client ratio than our larger programs in Wood-Ridge and Paramus. Specifically, individuals in Progressive Paths are more successful with an intense hand on approach to instruction rather than the vicarious learning that can take place in the larger settings.
Progressive Paths focuses on four program components: vocational skills; communication and adaptive behavioral skills; community integration and independent living skills. These components are reflected in the program’s daily activities and weekly schedule. A variety of activities are presented for each of the program components. The instruction is individualized and builds tasks on small incremental steps to success. The in house instruction is followed by opportunities for real world learning in a number of community locations.
Throughout the day staff assist individuals with communication, but perhaps even more important, staff members assist individuals to socialize in the context of being part of a group. Being engaged with others represents a consistent support need for individuals in this program. Support in this area lays the foundation for participation, enjoyment in progress in other skill sets. We have recently added IPads to our “communication” tool box, and have set up a Smart Board for use in the Progressive Paths classroom. We are excited to introduce technology to the individuals in this program and believe it will enhance our learning environment.