The Essential Skills Program is currently housed in specific schools in Decatur for students grades K-12. This program focuses on skills similar to that of Life Skills, with smaller class sizes and a smaller staff-to-student ratio. Communication development is a primary focus.
Students in the Essential Skills Program often learn alternative ways to communicate. This student is using a form of communication called Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) to express his need for a drink.
Student and teacher communicating using the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)