The D.E.S.T.I.N.Y. Program provides instructional classrooms that are housed in public elementary and high school buildings. Student's ages 3 to 18 years are provided with comprehensive programming to meet their academic, communicative, physical, social, vocational, emotional, medical, and behavioral needs. The classrooms are arranged to provide students with a predicable, structured learning environment that incorporates the use of multi-modal instruction and augmentative communication systems. Instruction in daily life skills is provided within the classroom, school and community settings. Methodologies used include Picture Exchange Communication, reading instruction with visual support, Social Stories, and T.E.A.C.C.H. Curricular materials used include TouchMath, News-2-You, and Unique Learning System.
There is a strong emphasis on the integrated therapy model of instruction. A multi-disciplinary team consisting of special education teacher, speech pathologist, social worker, nurse, and para-educators make up the core instructional team. Additional support services including occupational therapy, physical therapy, behavioral consultation and vision/hearing itinerant are provided per students' Individualized Educational Plans. Parental support is also provided in the areas of transition-planning, student medical needs, and assistance with development and implementation of communication systems at home.
Student progress is assessed by all team members using a variety of published assessment instruments including The Brigance Inventory of Basic Skills, The Hawaii Early Learning Profile, The School Function Assessment, and the Dynamic Learning Map Alternate Assessment and Unique Learning System Benchmarks. Also the multi-disciplinary team uses consistent and on-going data collection systems to continuously monitor student progress on IEP goals and objectives.