Life Skills

Lakeland’s 1-5 Life Skills program is designed for students who function significantly below their same aged peers intellectually. These students may require ongoing support in the areas of academics, mobility, communication, self-care and self-independence. Academics are presented to each student following their individualized education plan. All students are included in a general education class with typically developing aged peers to foster appropriate modeling. The focus will be an inclusive project-based learning to engage and inspire our students to grow. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in group therapy promoting independence and lifelong learning.



  • Prepare students with low functioning intellectual disabilities to develop to their fullest potential.

  • Provide appropriate educational programs in one central location. 

  • Provide activities that foster social development with same aged peers to the maximum extent possible.

  • Create a sense of community within the Life Skills program.

  • Provide each child, identified as intellectually low, the opportunity to participate in an approved school program.

  • Provide a comprehensive instructional life skills program for 1st through 5th grade for intellectually low students. 

  • Encourage parental involvement and understanding of an elementary life skills program.

  • Location: Twin Lakes Elementary.

Criteria for student placement into life skills: 

  • Intellectual deficits, academic and/or adaptive functioning within the Moderate Intellectual Disability range or lower.

  • Goals based on functional and/or adaptive skills.

  • Deficits in communication, behavior, social interaction and/or self-help that interfere with daily functioning.