Spirit: Ages 6 to 15

“She can’t keep up with the class.” “He is lazy and unmotivated.” “She isn’t following instructions.” “He can’t focus.” Have you heard any of this about your child? The Spirit program was created as a resource for children and young teens who are best served by a nurturing environment in which to continue their age-appropriate learning and development. It offers the most intensive academic, social, and adaptive intervention available to help your special child reach their full potential and return to a mainstream classroom as soon as possible.

The Spirit curriculum emphasizes:

  • Basic academic skills
  • Independent living skills
  • Communication and socialization skills

This program encourages competency in all areas of academic and behavioral development through a rich variety of activities and experiences.

We carefully frame an Individual Education Plan (IEP) outlining learning expectations for your child. Everyday, the lead teacher is in consultation with the parents or guardians and the trained clinical professionals. The lead teacher spends time one-on-one with him or her to work on individual goals. These goals are data-driven, recorded, and plotted throughout the day to monitor progress. Individual reports are sent home and progress meetings are held every three months to review the IEP based on ongoing assessments and evaluation.

Schedule: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, five days a week
Staff: One lead teacher plush teacher’s aides
Maximum teacher-student ratio: 1:3

Spirit Success Story- Uthan
Uthan’s parents were brokenhearted about their son’s conduct and lack of progress in school. His behaviors included biting, impulsivity, hitting, bolting, and screaming. When he came to the Seahorse Institute at age 6, he was unable to read, write, or count. He was very echoic and incapable of answering questions appropriately.

But locked inside this little boy were a capable mind and agreeable personality. Two years into the Spirit program, Uthan is reading sight words books fluently and writing short sentences. He is counting up to 50 objects, telling time, and learning about money. He proudly ties his own shoes. You can ask him a “wh” question, engage him in conversation, and more readily enjoy his company. His parents are proud of their son’s progress and relieved that his echoing is nonexistent. Best of all, the inappropriate behaviors have decreased drastically. Uthan is on his way!