Program Description

  • Who:    SEED (Special Education Early Development)

    Where: Horace Mann

                 3401 Scott Rd. 

                 Burbank, CA 91504 

    When:  Monday – Friday, 2.5 hours daily

    Why:    To provide academic readiness through a collaborative, early intervention model while fostering each student’s individual skills and abilities for future academic success.

    Program Focus:

    SEED offers an intensive early intervention preschool program designed for students ages three and above. Students are grouped according to their developmental levels, strengths, and needs. Careful consideration is given in assigning children to the least restrictive environment. The program is designed to help children develop communication, speech/language, social, pre-academic, and motor skills to prepare them for future school success.

    Services are provided based on the assessment and recommendations made by the Individualized Education Program (IEP) team, which includes special education teachers, occupational therapists, behaviorists, and speech-language pathologists. The strategies identified to meet the individual instructional goals and objectives of each child are implemented on a daily basis.

    A collaborative service delivery model is used by all professionals. Students work with Early Childhood Specialists in a smaller environment.  They also have opportunities for interaction with typically developing preschool age students through our Preschool Friends Program. More information on the Preschool Friends Program can be found by clicking here.

    Instructional Focus:

    • Academic readiness, communication, behavior, social-emotional, motor and adaptive behavior skills are approached through a specialized need for progressing students’ individual skills. 

    • Independence and meaningful participation in functional tasks that lead to ideal future outcomes/expectations.

    • Evidence-based teaching practices are utilized by all team members, including:

      • School readiness skills

      • Evidence-based teaching practices for students with Autism

      • Social skills and facilitation of play

      • Collaboration/coordination of staff schedules and services

      • Functional communication

      • Positive behavior supports

      • Modifying and accommodating environments/ expectations to maximize participation and independence

      • Inclusive education 

    • Collaborative opportunities with the Preschool Friends offer:

      • Age appropriate social skills modeling

      • Communication/conversational modeling

      • Developmentally appropriate play skills