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New Perspectives - Jul, 1999 Issue #59 

Conyers, Georgia
Delia Fleming, Director

Cloister Creek is a “non-profit program designed and dedicated to meeting the needs of students from the age of 14 to 28 whose learning difficulties have affected their ability to function independently.” They “provide a nurturing, supportive home atmosphere while offering a continuance of instruction in the academics, social and independent living skills.” The goal is to help the student toward total independence.

Situated on 20 acres, the students can “enjoy sports, gardening, swimming, etc., while being only minutes from banking, shopping and other activities.” To enhance a home like atmosphere, “each bedroom houses only two students, meals are served in a large country kitchen and the living areas are set up very much like they would be at home.”

Students are encouraged to “become involved in community activities, church groups and volunteer organizations.” The program’s goal is to offer “Experiential learning in a structured setting….” An I.T.P. (Individualized Transitional Program) is designed for each student. Morning classes “include nutrition, vocation, finance, social/personal, reading/writing and current events.” Students work at their own pace with one-on-one instruction provided by the classroom teachers.

The program’s philosophy is “…that young people with learning difficulties are capable of working and living outside their home if given special and continued instruction…. Breaking down tasks into steps, demonstration, teaching cause/effect relationships and developing sound problem solving techniques is the philosophy behind the teaching methods used by our staff. Keeping in mind that even small tasks can set the learning disabled up for failure, the program’s goals are to teach all aspects of daily living in a success oriented manner.”

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