The VCOE Emily Ritchen Preschool program is located in Oxnard and provides an educational program for preschool students with a diagnosis of Autism and referred by their local school district. The Ritchen staff includes a Teacher, Paraeducators, a Speech and Language Pathologist, an Occupational Therapist, a School Nurse, a Psychologist, a Vision Specialist, and a Physical Therapist. Staff members use evidenced-based instructional strategies to teach the functional skills that will maximize independence for the students.
Establishing a functional means of communication for each student is an important focus of the program and a strong emphasis is placed on teaching the students appropriate behaviors. The instruction is guided by the California Preschool Learning Foundations and Curriculum Frameworks and incorporates evidence based instructional strategies with developmentally appropriate curricular materials and activities into the daily schedule.
Instruction is based on these curricular domains: functional academics, communication, self-care, social-emotional/behavioral functioning, motor skills, recreation/leisure, and community access.
Instruction is designed to meet individual needs of each student throughout the school day, including recess and lunch periods.
Students may have the opportunity to participate in integrated activities with other preschool students on the campus. The classroom may include typical peers enrolled to support student learning through structured opportunities.
The DRDP-Access (a mandatory assessment) is used to measure student progress on readiness skills in developmental and academic areas. .