Frequently Asked Questions
Lionheart WORKS (make a link to WORKS page) is a transition program that provides individuals, 18 and older, with customized work experiences while teaching basic employment skills.
Children with special needs do best in a place where people understand them and love them and nurture them for who they are. They cannot go out into the world until a foundation for security and development is set — .which is what Lionheart does…plus WAY more!
For some children, being in an inclusive setting is not enough. Development is a complex process where individual profiles need to be considered and supported through specialized learning environments such as Lionheart. Aside from academic progress, children need to learn to relate, communicate, abstract critical thinkers and problem solvers. Receiving a foundation from Lionheart allows children to excel in their development which equips them for life to transfer to other inclusive settings, where they bring something to others and get something from them too. Attending Lionheart gives individuals the foundation, which provides a path for success in future years. Children are special individuals and what works for one does not work for all, hence the need for a setting like Lionheart that addresses individual needs in a loving and nurturing environment.
Social development and emotional intelligence is emphasized at Lionheart. Teachers and therapists address social needs throughout every day and provide opportunities for interaction and engagement. They model opportunities for social development and help students navigate social situations. Built into the program are experiential learning opportunities for the students to practice their skills. We want them to be thinkers and problem solvers; therefore our approach minimizes rote learning and memorization.