The Responsive Classroom Approach
A school wide approach that teaches, models, and promotes positive social skills within every aspect of the school environment and creates a culture where every child belongs and is a responsible member of the community. It is guided by seven different principles and six different teaching practices to promote an increase in social skills, academic engagement, independence, and a positive classroom climate. The approach is guided by CARES:
The teaching of social skills is integrated throughout the entire day and addressed at all times during the functions of every day school life. Social skill classes are also offered in small groups to teach and practice the “hidden” social skills curriculum. These classes focus on themes and building on all the needed sub skills within one particular social skill area. The Speech and Language Pathologist, Occupational Therapist and Behavior Intervention Specialist also provide supports during these classes.