LPS believes in educating students for life. Students don’t live in a vacuum, rather in a community, influenced and affected by parents, teachers, community members, peers, siblings, extended family, and more. All of these people have an impact on a student’s life. With that in mind, independent skill building for our students is something that involves this community, as a whole. By working together, we can expand the opportunities for our students and allow them to experience more of what the world has to offer.
During the school day at LPS, a portion of our classes are designed to expose students to independent living skill topics. While we are able to plan activities for the students to participate within the classroom setting and during field trips, there are more real-life opportunities outside of LPS. These experiences help to increase self-confidence and can be explored by encouraging independence, giving students opportunities, involving them in planning, giving them choices to problem solve, involving them in household chores, exposing them to different environments, to name a few. It is never too early or too late for families to implement these strategies and help their child feel a sense of pride and accomplishment, even if it is just selecting their own clothes or making their own doctor’s appointment as they get older. Utilizing our resources and taking advantage of everyday teachable moments can go a long way, ensuring that our Learning Prep students will have a meaningful life.