CYPRESS SCHOOL - AUTISM AND BEHAVIORAL SERVICES
Cypress School uses California Content Standard Curriculum and instructional materials designed for students with special needs. Our curriculum promotes developmental learning and the acquisition of social and communication skills.
- Individual Education Plans are written for each student that help them progress.
- Students develop basic attending, inter-personal interaction, reading, mathematics, social studies, and science skills.
- Students access the community on a daily basis, enjoying the natural beauty of nearby Schollenberger Park. Students grow organic fruits and vegetables at our community garden.
- Students participate in classroom and vocational and service learning activities including clerical, landscaping, janitorial, assembly, and packaging.
- Students develop positive behavior skills through a variety of communication, social, and sensory regulating classroom and community activities.
- Students educational and therapeutic activities are adapted and shared with families.
CYPRESS ADAPTED BEHAVIOR PROGRAM (AFTER-SCHOOL)
Cypress Adapted Behavior Program is offered throughout the year, providing specialized supports to children/young adults at our Cypress site and in the community during non-school hours.
CYPRESS SUMMER PROGRAM
Cypress Summer Program is a two-week day course for school-aged children with autism and other disabilities. The ten-day program operates when summer school is not in session. Cypress Summer Program is positive adapted behavior and community-based program with a 1:2 staff/participant ratio offering swimming, hiking, bowling and other recreation activities.
Cypress VTS (Vocational & Therapeutic Services), a new non-public agency, provides an alternative to public school transition programs by offering vocational and therapeutic transition services for young adults with developmental disabilities. VTS pays real wages for employment in real work environments.
Cypress offers great opportunities for our students to work in the community to learn basic skills and in return help out our local businesses.
Employees of CamelBak, the water bottle company located in the Cypress School neighborhood, noticed our students taking their walk out on Shollenberger Marsh every morning throughout the seasons. They were so impressed with their consistency and healthy efforts that they donated water bottles to each of our students. After this initial contact, the older students’ classroom teacher Cindy Evans asked if there might be opportunities for a work experience to enhance their vocational explorations. With our school staff, our students are now learning janitorial and assembly tasks at CamelBak twice weekly.
Thank you to our friends at CamelBak in Petaluma.
The students help with sorting clothes and organizing the merchandise. Recognizing the different clothing and having to pick clothes off the rack has helped with patience, clothing association, and the physical aspect of sorting into bins. The students also have to learn how to communicate with the Goodwill staff and ask what the needs are for the day.
Thank you to our friends at Goodwill in Petaluma.
ROUND TABLE PIZZA
Our students who work at Round Table participate in janitorial skills such as vacuuming, re-stocking menus, and wiping windows. The staff at Round Table and our Cypress School aides work well with the students and coach them on what needs to be done at the restaurant. It is an all around win situation.
Thank you to our friends at Round Table Pizza in Petaluma.
NON-VOCATIONAL COMMUNITY LEARNING
Cypress School students visit the Old Adobe State Park Community Garden. They help pick fresh vegetables from the Cypress organic plot and then help deliver them to the Petaluma Kitchen where the produce helps feed those in need. This program is part of our ongoing effort to “give back” to the community.
To learn more about the Petaluma Kitchen contact COTS Kitchen (Committee on the Shelterless).
In August 2009, the Sonoma Marin County California State Rangers donated a ½ acre plot of land to Cypress School to develop a Community Garden adjacent to their District Office. The Ranger’s helped to prepare the soil, laid drip hosing and planted 32 fruit trees surrounding the vegetable garden.
Each student of Cypress School participates in planning, planting, watering, weeding, picking and delivering the organic vegetables to the Petaluma Kitchen for needy families. Our students are helped every day by their own families and school staff. The delivery of healthy vegetables to these needy families is a Service-learning Project that allows our students to help others. The wide variety of individualized gardening skill activities are part of the school’s work experience curriculum.
One of the rangers said “We are really proud to be in partnership with the students of Cypress School!”
Cypress School has a dynamic physical environment, two sensory integration therapy rooms, sensory tools and teaching techniques that support our students to use positive behaviors to access what they want and to express what they do not want.
Each student has a Positive Behavior Support Assessment and Plan provided by our Behaviorist and implemented across the multi-disciplinary team. This assessment includes:
- Behavioral Deficits
- Skill/Communication/Sensory Deficits
- Antecedent and Ecological Factors
- Hypothesized Function of Behavior
- Reinforcement Assessment
The Positive Behavior Support and Intervention Plan include:
- Measurable Positive Replacement Goals
- Measurable Behavior Reduction Goals
- Skills Replacement Plan
- LIsted Reinforcers
- Instructional Methos
- Preventative Strategies
- Crisis Intervention Strategies, if needed
Cypress Transportation Program provides safe and reliable transportation for our students each day from their family homes and back home from school. Our teachers and teacher aides are professionally trained in driver safety and emergency transportation procedures when first hired and then annually re-certified. During school hours we use our vehicles for classroom community activities and the weekly field trips. Our transportation coordinator works with our Vehicle Repair Shop to provide preventative maintenance and repairs on a regular and as-needed basis for our ten vehicles.
For Cypress Adapted Behavior Services we provide school to home transportation for Cypress School students. The Adapted Behavior Coordinator and behavior aides take the participants out to train them in positive adaptive skills across a variety of community locations (stores, bowling alley, and swimming pool).
All Cypress programs follow the individual student/participant’s Positive Behavior Plan that includes any behavioral safety plans related to vehicle safety. We provide training and reinforcement in safely entering and exiting the vehicle, use of safety belts and exhibiting positive behaviors in the vehicle. Learning activities in the vehicle include greetings, how are you today and goodbyes, singing songs, playing what do I see and playing show me (your nose). We use total communication training at school and in the Adaptive Behavior programs through speech, signs, icons, and pecs to help our students/participants communicate while traveling to and from our many activities.