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Special Needs (Champions)

Learning for Life offers a program for Special Needs students called the Champions™ Program. The Champions™ Special Education program is organized into two major Components:

The Champions™ Daily Living Skills includes 57 lesson plans centered on a skill-oriented theme, with activities designed for class or individual use. Areas covered include:

  • Self-concept – students develop an awareness of personal, social, and civic awareness
  • Personal & Social skills – focus on how emotions affect the behavior of oneself and others
  • Life Skills – teaches skills for independent living, including personal hygiene, meal preparation, and job preparedness training
  • Recognition Plan – An honor chart displays each students achievements, so that all students are receiving some kind of recognition

The "Champions™ Daily Living Skills” program content covers the following areas:

  • Safety
  • Calendar
  • Self-concept
  • Parts of the Body
  • Grooming
  • Clothing Care
  • Dressing
  • Human Growth & Development
  • Nutrition
  • Wellness
  • Table Manners
  • Meal Preparation

Outdoor Activities

The annual Learning for Life Special Needs Events, Adventure Day in the spring and Fishing Derby in the fall, provide experiences for youth with Special Needs and their teachers and aides to participate in activities they may not otherwise be able to experience. The events are held at Cherry Creek State Park and Sloan's Lake Park where we serve close to 350 students and 100 teachers and parents.  These events allow youth to interact with people just like them from all over the Denver area. It also offers them a real-world experiential learning outside of the classroom. Learning for Life provides curriculum books that teach various life and transitions skills but it is in settings such as these events that they are able to practice those skills. It is both a celebration for youth with Special Needs as well as an added value event for partners with the Learning for Life Special Needs District of the Denver Area Council. 

Teachers and students have the opportunity to rotate in groups to various activity stations including speed boat rides, fishing, rock climbing, games, crafts, face painting, presentations from the Reptile Man and Science Wizard, and more!  These are great opportunities for students, teachers, and volunteers alike!

An article on Fishing Derby was covered in the Denver Post.


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