Welcome to Laremont Transition
The transition program at Laremont School addresses the needs of the students ranging in ages from 18-22.
When a young adult reaches this age, the transition program provides the students an opportunity to prepare for post graduation. The curriculum and classes provide learning experiences that will increase success after the young adult graduates. The program is constantly evolving to provide the best direction for successful outcome.
Presently there are three classes. Each class has between six and seven students. The number of classrooms can vary from year to year, depending on the population. The students meet as a group in the large classroom for the majority of the day and an additional room is used for extra activities.
The young adults develop relationships with different people and adjust to changes that are part of post graduation.
The areas of concentration in the curriculum are:
Transition Topics: concentrates on interests, social interactions, behavior, and what events will occur in the future. They will also learn about day training programs and residential life as well as visiting the different facilities.
Functional Life Skills: concentrates on daily living activities such as grooming, housekeeping, rec/leisure, and food preparation. Sensory activities are also addressed.
Transition for Success: concentrates on job skills, fine motor activities and production of products that can be sold.
JOFA: This is an acronym for "Job Opportunities For All." The young adults working in groups to make dog biscuits and cookies. These items are sold at their completion. The students acquire skills in each area of production. The transition classes also participate in Laremont Market production and sales.
During this time, the students prepare a variety of products, such as protein packets, snacks, and items made within the classrooms. These are sold to the staff twice a week. The students rotate selling their products.
Horticulture: Concentrates on planting, tending and growing flowers, plants and vegetables. Hopefully some of the vegetable will be used in the salad bar. When the weather permits, the students will tend the garden outside. During the colder months, planting will grow under grow lights and a variety of activities are planned including tending to the plants, planting, growing herbs and drying or freezing for later use.
Once a week the students make choices from a field of four pictures and go to the classroom where the activity is held for social interaction with different students and teachers. The high school classes also participate in this activity as a way of preparing for eventual transitioning. Also, twice a week the students rotate through the different classrooms, including high school, to perform pre-vocational activities which might be found in the day training programs after graduation. These activities teach the students how to work with others and increase their skills.
Once a week the young adults go out into the community to work on interaction with others, shopping skills and ordering and eating in the community environment.
On Tuesday, the students also prepare different kinds of smoothies to sell to the staff. The money made from the sales is used to provide special activities for the students.
Another program that is provided for our students is the Backpack Program. The students unpack boxes of food donated or provided by the Food Bank and then place the items into backpacks for students within the SEDOL system. They also deliver backpacks within the Laremont school.
On Fridays, the transition and high school program prepare and maintain a salad bar for the staff at Laremont. The students practice good hygiene in the workplace, salad preparation skills, shopping for supplies, working together as a team, greeting customers and money exchange. The funds from the salad bar are used for special activities throughout the year.
The transition program always takes into account each student's transition plan and work to carry out the goals that have been developed for the student with the help of the parents. Everyday these goals are addressed in each area the student is working.
Transitioning to post graduation can be frightening time for the student as well as the parents. That is why the program at Laremont is always looking for and providing ways to make that transition a success. It involves a team of teachers, administration, related service personnel, students, and parents working together throughout the transition years.