Room 111 – Amanda Burner

Dear Students and Families,

We have had an exciting and fun half of the year together!

This school year we tried something new: we started joining Room 112 once per week for a Science group. This group has given us the opportunity to resemble an Over 21 Program, where the students interact with other students and staff that are not in their home room. In these groups, the students work on taking turns, sharing materials, and seeking “help” from others while participating in meaningful functional and academic group activities. The students in both classrooms have responded very well to this weekly meeting and we have recently added a second group with Room 112! We are now seeing our friends in the other classroom for a Social Studies group, as well.

We continue to have Community Based Instruction twice per week at different stores and restaurants. We have shopped for recipe ingredients at Stop & Shop and have made some delicious snacks! We have gone to Target and the Dollar Tree to buy materials for crafts and decorations for the holidays. We have even gone to Burger King and McDonald’s for breakfast and lunch, where the students were able to order a meal from an adapted menu.

The main focus of Room 111 continues to be functional skills and activities that will strengthen the students’ independence outside of the classroom. These skills include, but are not limited to: folding clothes, making the bed, making a snack, doing laundry, setting the table, sorting office supplies, vacuuming, and cleaning the windows. When the students are able to complete these activities on their own without any prompting from the staff, they are so proud and excited to show off their new skills!

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me at 973-542-0743 (extension 111). The best times to reach me are between 8:30-9:00am and between 2:30-3:00pm.

Sincerely,

Amanda Burner

ABurner@thephoenixcenternj.org