Special Education

Enrichment Department

Special Education, RTI (Response to Intervention) Support

We are so excited this year to have moved into our new facilities in Faddick Hall on the second floor with several great classrooms and a full Special Education academic and holistic intervention staff. At Mountain Phoenix, we understand that in order for a child to reach his/her full potential it is important that the primary foundation skills of attention, balance and coordination are firmly established. They are the core building blocks for all academic performance and higher level reasoning skills.

At Mountain Phoenix, our goal is to help children who have either been diagnosed with specific learning disorders or who are underachieving in the classroom, despite a good level of intelligence. Our focus is on identifying the sources of the problem and then tailoring an individual, holistic, strategically effective, whole body Education Integration Therapy program.
This begins with detailed physiological assessments of the child’s physical abilities from general coordination and balance needed for posture; gross and fine motor coordination and ability to sit still, to laterality (preference in using one side of the body over the other) and the eye movements needed for reading, writing, copying and catching a ball are evaluated, to primitive and postural reflex maturation, as well as auditory processing abilities and academic performance.

We establish where signs of immaturity in the body are present; identify where in the developmental remedial exercise process the child needs to begin, and implement and supervise the remedial programs using specific developmentally appropriate methods and educational remediation techniques.

Our tool box for the remedial intervention strategies is always expanding. Listed are some of the methodologies and techniques we rely on each and every day.

Holistic Intervention Strategies:

Academic Intervention Strategies:

  • The Extra Lesson by Audrey McAllen: Movement, Drawing, and Painting Exercises to help children with difficulties in writing, reading, and arithmetic
  • F.A.S.T. Systematic Phonics based Program: Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Decoding, and Reading Fluency
  • Neuromotor Readiness Training for Education by the Institute for Neuro-Physiological Psychology (INPP), Chester, England
  • Wilson: Systematic Phonics based Program: Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Decoding and Reading Fluency
  • Integrated Listening Systems (iLs): Auditory Processing
  • Read Naturally: Reading Fluency and Comprehension Program
  • Learning Breakthrough: Vestibular, Proprioceptive and Visual Integration Therapy Program
  • Quick Reads: Reading Fluency and Comprehension Program
  • Every Child a Writer: K-12 Writing Curriculum
  • Daily Language Instruction by Hogback Press, a grammar and writing convention and punctuation curriculum
  • Thinking Maps: Organizational tool for the Writing Process
  • Math: a variety of Intervention tools from a various curricula including Luek (A German based Math Intervention Tool), Scott Foresman Spiral Reviews 2nd through 6th grade and many manipulatives and educational games.

MPCS is an asbestos-free school. Copies of our Asbestos Management Plan are located in both the main and middle school offices for public viewing.