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Helping Students Achieve More through Interoceptive Awareness

Interoceptive awareness is gaining attention for its ability to help students achieve more in school, improve their social interactions, and increase their general sense of well-being.

The senses of taste, smell, touch, sight, and hearing help individuals determine if food smells appetizing or spoiled, or if water feels soothingly warm or scalding hot. Interoception, a lesser known sense, helps individuals feel and understand what is going on inside their body; for example, when their stomach or bladder feels full, or when their heartbeat is fast and their muscles, tensed.

Interoception sessions help students perceive information from their body so they may respond appropriately. A student sensing a rapid heartbeat during an exam may respond by taking deep, slow breaths. Another student, sensing his muscles tense up during a game with a classmate, may remind himself “it’s only a game” and focus on being a “good sport.”

Ultimately, interoception sessions help individuals better manage their behaviors, emotions, and thoughts to improve success at school, work, and in their personal lives.

Your financial support provides for the implementation of the latest evidence-based methods and related resources.

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Encouraging Skills and Self-Confidence for Long-term Success

Linden Grove School (LGS) offers traditional classroom experiences with peers as well as one-on-one supports in speech, occupational therapy, social skills, behavior, and more. This unique combination not only increases student achievement at LGS, but gives students the skills and self-confidence for long-term success.

LGS’s team of specialists provide intensive supports to help students with communication, coordination, reducing disruptive behavior, and more. But LGS also provides traditional classroom experiences which helps students learn how to:

  • Positively interact with peers and teachers
  • Adapt to new rules and routines
  • Participate in classroom activities designed to help them build skills and self-esteem

More than anything else, classroom experiences create a sense of belonging—a feeling of being connected to and accepted by others. A sense of belonging not only increases student engagement and achievement at LGS, it encourages confidence which helps students face challenges and achieve success in high school and beyond.

Your financial support ensures the continuation of 1:1 intensive supports in combination with traditional classroom experiences.

Donate today. Be a part of their success.

Sensory Supports Increase Long-Term Success

Sensory activities help students and adults experience success at school, work, and in their personal lives. Chewing gum, for example, reduces anxiety and improves concentration. A few jumping jacks or push-ups increase energy and attention.

Linden Grove School employs a full-time Sensory Coordinator who collaborates with program staff to create a personal sensory plan for each student – a sensory plan designed to maximize students’ learning potential, decrease negative behaviors, and increase socialization.  A sensory diet might include:

  • Walking – taking a brief walk at specified intervals.
  • Brushing – brushing the body with a small surgical brush.
  • Therapeutic listening – listening to nature sounds or carefully selected music.
  • Fidgets – objects to keep students’ hands busy.
  • Desk accommodations – standing desk, specialized seating, or stretch bands on chair legs, etc.
  • Push-ups, jumping – includes push-ups done against a wall or jumping on a trampoline.

Sensory plans may include specific activities at designated times throughout the day. Additionally, if LGS staff see a student losing focus or becoming over-stressed or excited they might ask, “Do you need a break?” Ultimately, staff work with students to help them identify when they are feeling stressed or fatigued, and the tools they can use to help them adjust and get back on track – not only to help them succeed at Linden Grove School, but in high school and beyond.

Your financial support provides sensory supports and equipment for LGS students.

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Social-Emotional Learning Essential for Employment Success

Fewer than 1 in 6 of adults on the Autism spectrum—about 15%—have full time work. Further, among young adults with autism, only 58% held employment at some point following high school, compared to 74% of those with an intellectual disability and 91% of those with an emotional disturbance.1

Although many youth with autism are capable of entering into employment and have skills that can make their productivity in the workplace even higher than others,2 decreased social interaction skills limit obtaining and keeping a job.

Linden Grove School students participate in social skills classes 2 to 4 times a week. Classes are designed to help students manage their emotions, communicate effectively, and learn to cooperate with others in academic and social activities. Increased social and emotional learning (SEL) not only positively impact student academic performance, it supports long-term success in the workplace and in the community.

The cost of caring for Americans with autism was $268 billion in 2015 and could increase to $461 billion by 2025. The majority of these costs is for adult services – an estimated $175 to $196 billion a year, compared to $61 to $66 billion a year for children.

Your financial support ensures social-emotional learning resources and activities.

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1National Autism Indicators Report, Drexel University, https://drexel.edu/autisminstitute/research-projects/research/ResearchPrograminLifeCourseOutcomes/IndicatorsReport/)

2For example, through its Autism at Work initiative JPMorgan Chase found that their 300+ neurodiverse employees are, as a whole, 48% faster and 92% more productive than their neurotypical employees.

Social Skills Increase Academic Success 

LGS students participate in social skills classes 2 to 4 times a week. Classes are designed to help students manage their emotions, communicate effectively, and learn to cooperate with others in academic and social activities. Studies show classes and activities designed to increase social and emotional learning (SEL) not only positively impact student social skills, attitudes and behavior, they also increase student performance on academic tests 10 percent or greater.

Depending on the grade level and a student’s individual competencies, social skills lessons utilize activities ranging from videos and role playing of positive social behaviors, to stories and conversations related to comic-book like heroes who help students interact positively with others at school, at home and in the community.

Staff-facilitated school events and community outings create opportunities for students to practice positive social interactions outside of a classroom setting.

Your financial support ensures social skills classes, resources, and activities.

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Small Class Sizes Have Lasting Impact 

Small class sizes enable teachers to provide individualized attention and encourage active participation among all students to increase academic achievement. More importantly, small class sizes boost student self-esteem which positively impacts students’ long-term ability to learn and interact positively with peers.

Linden Grove School (LGS) maintains staff to student ratios of 1:3 to 1:7 depending upon age and need. LGS program staff utilize evidence-based practices (EBPs) and carefully selected educational resources to encourage student learning and achievement.

Your financial support ensures small class sizes and the best evidence-based practices and educational resources.

Donate today. Be a part of their success.

Sensory Supports Increase Long-Term Success

Sensory activities help students and adults experience success at school, at work and in their personal lives. Chewing gum, for example, reduces anxiety and improves concentration. A few jumping jacks or push-ups increase energy and attention.

Linden Grove School staff collaborate to create a personal sensory plan for each student.  A plan might include:

  • Walking – taking a brief walk at specified intervals.
  • Brushing – brushing the body with a small surgical brush.
  • Therapeutic listening – listening to carefully selected music.
  • Fidgets – objects to keep students’ hands busy.
  • Desk accommodations – standing desk, specialized seating, etc.
  • Objects to chew – pencil toppers, chewable jewelry, and more.
  • Push-ups, jumping – includes push-ups against a wall or jumping on a trampoline.

During the day, if a student is losing focus or becoming overly stressed a staff member might ask, “Do you need a break?” Ultimately, staff work with students to help them identify when they are feeling stressed or fatigued and the tools they can use to help them adjust and get back on track.

Contributions make sensory supports and resources possible.

Donate today.

Your support can change a life.

Small Class Sizes have Lasting Effects

Small class sizes enable teachers to provide individualized attention and encourage active participation among all students to increase academic achievement. More importantly, small class sizes boost student self-esteem which positively impacts students’ long-term ability to learn and interact positively with peers.

Linden Grove School (LGS) maintains staff to student ratios of 1:3 to 1:7 depending upon age and need. LGS program staff utilize evidence-based practices (EBPs) and carefully selected educational resources to encourage student learning and achievement.

Contributions make this possible.

The school relies on contributions to fund the gap between tuition and the actual cost of providing its specialized education and supports. The “gap” typically ranges from $1,700 to $3,000 per student each year.

Donate today.

Your support can change a life.

Social Skills Help Measure the Size of the Problem

Social Skills classes and one-on-one sessions not only help LGS students improve social interactions, they also provide students with tools to help them respond effectively to problems at school, in their personal lives, and—as they mature—in adult life. One tool LGS staff utilize with students is asking them to consider: “How big is the problem?” For example:

  • Small problems can be solved on one’s own: a broken pencil or losing a game.
  • Medium problems may require some help: trouble with a math problem or a lost coat.
  • Big problems need big help! Examples include a serious illness or disaster.

Once students learn to identify the size of the problem, they learn small or medium problems need small or medium reactions such as saying “It’s ok, it;s not a big deal,” or asking another person for help. Further, a BIG reaction to a small problem can negatively impact relationships with others—yelling and screaming over a lost game may discourage future invitation to play.

LGS social skills classes and supports are critical for success in school and life. The extent of these supports depends on contributions.

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Your support can change a life

2-in-1 Approach Maximizes Student Potential

Linden Grove School offers traditional classroom experiences with peers as well as one-on-one supports in speech, occupational therapy, and social skills. This unique combination increases student achievement, and gives students the skills and self-confidence for long-term success.

LGS’s team of specialists provide intensive supports to help students with communication, coordination, social interactions, and more. Classroom experiences help students:

  • Positively interact with peers and teachers
  • Adapt to new rules and routines
  • Build self-esteem through classroom activities and presentations

More than anything else, classroom experiences create a sense of belonging – a feeling of being connected to and accepted by others. A sense of belonging not only increases student engagement, it encourages confidence which helps students face challenges and achieve success in high school and beyond.

Contributions ensure the continuation of 1:1 intensive supports in combination with traditional classroom experiences.

Donate today.

Your support can change a life.

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