Communication, Behavioral, Social, and Academic (CBSA) Classrooms

Students who experience severe difficulties communicating present unique educational programming challenges, due to complications with the ability to receive, send, process, and comprehend concepts or verbal, nonverbal, and graphic symbol systems. This often leads to difficulties with social-emotional development and can generate behavioral difficulties. Educating students with these needs requires individualized small-group instruction techniques that are research-based and proven effective. These needs are what presented Santa Rosa County School District with the opportunity to create our Communication Behavior Social Academic Classrooms (CBSA). CBSA Classrooms focus on providing a low-student ratio, intensive teaching sessions, embedded skills, and natural environment teaching using Verbal Behavior techniques, Applied Behavior Analysis methods within a structured classroom (TEACCH strategies). CBSA classrooms provide a collaborative team approach, including Speech and Language Pathologists (SLP), Occupational and/or Physical Therapy, (if applicable) within the classroom environment. The team approach includes daily communication with the family and is essential for the success of the program. Although communication is the central focus within the CBSA class students will participate in The Florida Standards Alternate Assessment (FSAA) in third grade once they are made eligible. Therefore, their instruction will be aligned with the Florida Standards Access Points. The FSAA measures students’ academic performance on the Access Points (FS-AP) in Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science. Access points reflect the essence or core intent of the standards that apply to all students in the same grade, but at reduced levels of complexity. Access Points are academic expectations written specifically for students with significant cognitive disabilities. It is expected that only students with the most significant cognitive who are eligible under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) will participate in The Florida Standards Alternate Assessment.