STEAM Engineering

STEAM Education uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics to encourage critical thinking, creativity and other skills – skills important for working and living in the 21st century.

Summer Camp is a great time for students to engage in fun STEAM activities. Most recently, Ms. Bryant and Mrs. Neely’s students were presented with two different engineering challenges.

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Visual Supports Help Students Communicate and Learn

Most people with autism think in pictures. They have a hard time finding words to express their thoughts, so they’ll internally visualize pictures to help them find the appropriate words. It’s as if they have a virtual Rolodex of pictures in their head and as they’re speaking they’re referencing those images and equating them to words.

Linden Grove School uses visual supports in a variety of ways.

For students who are less verbal, they are provided with visuals to help them communicate their needs and wants while helping them to build their internal Rolodex. For example, they may be provided with images to indicate if they prefer to go out to the playground or use an iPad during free time.

Visuals are also used to communicate school schedules and to illustrate steps in a task, whether a science experiment, a writing assignment, or a recipe for making breakfast sandwiches.

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Afterschool Activities Encourage New Interests and Skills

Linden Grove School recognizes the value of extra-curricular activities in regard to exploring personal interests and developing new skills. Available options include swimming, Taekwondo, Lego™ Club, and the Dingoes scout group. NEW this year: Cooking at LGS and a Human-Animal-Intervention Program through the Cincinnati Zoo.

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Cultivating Skills and Behaviors for Future Learning — and Friends

Whether teaching about protons and neutrons or social, geographical and economic aspects of Ancient Egypt; LGS educators use academic instruction to help students increase their ability to maintain focus, organize materials, prioritize assignments, and more.

Specialized therapists and staff also work together to assist students in developing coping strategies to better manage stressors that can seem overwhelming. Social skills classes and extra-curricular activities encourage positive interactions among students both during and outside of school, often resulting in friendship that last through high school and into adult life. Most importantly, the LGS community helps students develop positive self-esteem and confidence to determine and pursue their personal goals and interests.

Specialized therapists and staff also work together to assist students in developing coping strategies to better manage stressors that can seem overwhelming. Social skills classes and extra-curricular activities encourage positive interactions among students both during and outside of school, often resulting in friendship that last through high school and into adult life.

Most importantly, the LGS community helps students develop positive self-esteem and confidence to determine and pursue their personal goals and interests.

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Mixed Feelings Mark May Graduation

Sad, excited, nervous. Sad, excited, nervous. These are some of the feelings expressed by this year’s graduates as they prepare to leave LGS and transition to high school.

One of our graduates has been enrolled at LGS since Kindergarten; others have been at LGS less than two years. Their favorite subjects range from math and science, to reading and social studies.

The one thing they all have in common? They will miss their friends and the time spent together in fun class activities, on field trips, or simply playing cards.

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