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Services for students

Behavioral Supports and Social Skills Programs

Minnick Schools offer social skills groups and individualized behavioral supports to students with emotional and learning disabilities. These programs are provided in the Bristol, Roanoke, Harrisonburg, Wytheville and Wise locations.

Unique programs for students on the autism spectrum as well as students with multiple disabilities are offered at all campuses. Minnick Schools have model classrooms for students with autism spectrum disorders and/or multiple disabilities. A Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) provides consultation, training, intervention, and support to students and staff members every day.

PAES Lab and transition to work

The Roanoke, Wytheville and Harrisonburg locations offer PAES, the Practical Assessment and Exploration System (PAES), a curriculum that helps students learn basic career, vocational and life skills as well as appropriate work behavior. The PAES approach also helps staff assess a student’s skills, affinities and employment potential. Older Roanoke Minnick students may take part in the LFSVA Supported Employment program, which links adults with disabilities to competitive job opportunities and supports them with job training and coaching.

Extended School Year Summer Program

ESY supports students whose IEP teams have determined that the student is in significant jeopardy of regressing in the goals in the IEP. The ESY program provides instruction and enrichment through educational and social outings. Opportunities to practice social skills are built into the program.

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