Special Connections follows Sunshine State Standards Access Points for students with cognitive and developmental disabilities. We offer a 1.5:1 and 1:1 student/teacher ratios and a tailored program to better support the educational needs of our students.

We adapt curriculum and materials to best fit the needs of the individual student.


Ways to approach curriculum and activities:

Sensory (Concrete):

Teach with hands-on materials and sensory experiences.

Object (Semi-Concrete):

Teach with representational materials to bridge concrete objects and abstract concepts.

Symbolic (Abstract):

Teach with numerals, signs and symbols that are separate from the objects that have those attributes.

Research-Based Strategies:

Individualized Instruction / High Expectations / Whole Language Approach

Direct Instruction / Scaffold Instruction / Incidental Learning / Errorless Learning

Content Areas

Functional Literacy

  • High frequency words

  • Environmental print and symbol recognition

  • Read Aloud and reading enjoyment

  • Comprehension and Fluency

  • Functional Writing

Functional Math

  • Number Sense

  • Prepositions/Opposites

  • Quantity and Measurement

  • Money

  • Time and Space

Science and Social Studies

  • Sensorial Exploration

  • Community

  • Current Events

Supplemental Areas


  • Art

  • Music

  • Adapted Sports

  • Physical Education

  • Yoga and Mindfulness

  • Meal preparation

  • Gardening

  • Leisure  

Functional Skills

  • Gross/Fine motor skills

  • Visual Spatial

  • Sensory Movement

  • Social and Communication skills

  • Independence and Personal care

CBI - Community Based Instruction

  • Behavior

  • Safety and Awareness

  • Socialization

  • Generalization of skills

  • Community outreach

Floortime is the cornerstone, the engine that drives the DIR/Floortime Model and drives the developmental process.