Complex Needs Programs

    • Intensive Learning Support
      The Intensive Learning Support Program is designed to provide intensive educational programming for students with significant learning needs. These needs impact a student’s academic performance and social functioning. The program is designed for students who cannot make meaningful educational gains in less restrictive environments. Students eligible for the program meet the criteria for special education services, have a disability, and have the need for remediation. The program aligns academic skill development with PA Standards. Instruction is provided through research-based curricula and programs at the student’s instructional level.  Adventure-based and PEAK activities are provided for students by specially trained personnel. Students are engaged in activities that involve cooperative learning and team-building skills.
      Academic Instruction: Differentiated, intensive academic instruction is provided based on the child’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP). The program has a specific curriculum developed for each academic area listed below, using evidence-based strategies implemented by special education staff.
      Communication Arts and Literacy
      • Phonics/Phonemic Awareness
      • Vocabulary Development
      • Oral Reading Fluency
      • Comprehension and Literary Elements
      • Written Expression
      • Spelling and Proofreading



      • Computation
      • Application and Problem-Solving


      Social Skills and Emotional Learning Skills

      • Science
      • Social Studies
      • Personal Health and Wellness
      • Computer Applications
      • Family Consumer Science (HS)

      Adventure Activities: Specially trained teachers provide students with adventure-based activities. Students engage in activities that involve cooperative learning and team-building skills. 

      Skills Reinforced:

      • Communicating Effectively
      • Resolving Conflicts
      • Solving Daily Problems
      • Developing Peer Relationships
      • Demonstrating Respect for Others
      • Reflecting on Student Learning
      • Setting Individual Goals
      • Developing Trust
      • Working as a Team Member
      • Developing Leadership Skills
      • Following Task Instructions
      • Asking Relevant Questions
      • Developing Positive Self-Esteem
      • Maintaining Personal Health and Wellness


    Life Skills and Multiple Disabilities Support

    Our Life Skills Support and MDS Programs support students with Complex Instructional Support Needs from grade Kindergarten through age 21 in York and Adams Counties. At the elementary level, students are exposed to rigorous, standards-based academic content at their instructional level. Programs are designed to increase independence in our students while providing a foundation for academic and functional knowledge using effective, evidence-based strategies.

    LIU Life Skills students

    At the secondary level, our programs focus on providing students with the skills needed to become college and career-ready. The focus of our Multiple Disability Support programs at the secondary level includes an emphasis on developing independent living skills for a successful transition from school to adult life.  Our Life Skills Support Classrooms focus on building skills for students to become successful both in the community and in a work-based setting. Students are connected to agency and community resources through their educational experiences in our secondary LSS classrooms. 


    Through one of our programs, LIU MAX, we empower our students to reach their highest potential by presuming competence. We provide students with quality resources and rigorous instruction aligned to grade-level PA Core Standards. MAX provides access to learning opportunities that inspire achievement, recognition, and membership in school communities to enhance the quality of life for all students.

    Project MAX student smiling at work well done.

    The goal of LIU MAX is to provide ALL students with Complex Instructional Support needs with maximum access to PA Core Standards and the General Education curriculum.

    LIU MAX enables us to empower the schools with which we work to build the capacity to overcome challenging obstacles while ensuring that all students have access to the general education curriculum in conjunction with the LIU 12 mission of “empowering our customers to solve their most challenging problems that impact learning and quality of life.”

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