Special Needs School and Education

Children with profound special needs improve their lives in Wayfinder’s special education school, which is a state-certified non-public school. In a safe, positive learning environment, students maximize their levels of independence. Wayfinder provides the least restricted environment for our students.

The school enrolls children and youth, ages 5 to 21, with moderate-to-severe disabilities and varying levels of medical, physical and behavioral challenges. Students’ diagnoses include autistic behaviors, seizure disorders, severe neurological problems, hyperactivity, chronic heart disorders, cerebral palsy or fetal alcohol syndrome. Visual impairment is not a prerequisite for enrollment.

We serve children from school districts throughout Los Angeles County and surrounding areas. Students do not need to live in Los Angeles County to attend.

In our special needs school, students receive:

  • Individualized instruction on communication, functional academics, self-help, socialization and prevocational skills 
  • Compassionate teachers credentialed to work with children who have severe disabilities and special needs 
  • 1:2 staff-to-student ratio 
  • On-site nursing 
  • Outdoor recreation, including our sensory playground and swimming pool 
  • Fully-equipped training apartment for development of independent living skills 
  • Instructional outings in the community to promote socialization skills 
  • Family support groups, as well as family camp at Wayfinder’s Camp Bloomfield 
  • Specialized services for students whose disabilities include visual impairment, such as orientation and mobility training, assistive technology instruction and lessons in pre-Braille

A student may be referred to Wayfinder’s special needs school by a family member, healthcare or blindness professional, legal counsel, the Department of Children and Family Services, Regional Center or school district.

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May 6, 2018