Two classrooms of The Bansbach Academy are designated as L.I.F.E. classrooms. This program is for the dually diagnosed child with developmental and mental health disabilities.
L.I.F.E. offers an extraordinary educational alternative for children ages 10—18 with developmental disabilities and mental illness.
Life/Career Skills provides opportunities that simulate skills necessary to attend school, live in a home of their own, maintain a job, make friends, and contribute to their community.
Independent Living Skills teaches management of details of daily life and taking care of one’s needs.
Functional Academics Curriculum teaches skills which allow students to succeed in real-life situations at home, school, work, and the community. Each student’s curriculum is individualized to focus on the specific needs of the child.
Essential Social Skills focuses on relationship development, effective communication, moral development, and problem solving skills necessary to function in a group, with friends and family, at school and work.
In addition, the L.I.F.E. program incorporates a positive behavior support system focusing on Safety, Teamwork, Attitude, Respect, and Self-responsibility (STARS); a highly structured, well managed learning environment with predictable, clearly defined routines, expectations, and schedules; and counseling through group, individual, and/or family therapy focused on behavior, family, and traditional adolescent problems, personal problem-solving skills, and interpersonal relationships.