• Programs / Features

    Students enrolled in the MUJC's Developmental Learning Center - New Providence follow individualized educational plans developed by their local child study teams, DLC staff and parents. The DLC - New Providence provides instruction for students between the ages of 3 and approximately 12 years of age.
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    Students' programs include:

    Related Services

    Students attending the DLCs receive the following component related services as part of their instructional program.

    Speech/Language Therapy

    • Individual - 2 times per week for 30 minutes per session
    • Integrated - 2 times per week for 30 minutes per session

    Occupational Therapy

    • Integrated - 2 times per week for 30 minutes per session

    Adaptive Physical Education

    • 3 times per week for 30 minutes per session

    Districts may contract for additional services for DLC students in the following areas:
    • Speech/Language Therapy
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Physical Therapy
    • 1:1 Teacher Assistant

    Academic Instruction

    Academic instruction is provided in the areas of the New Jersey Student Learning Standards based on the student's individualized goals and objectives. These include instruction in language arts/literacy, mathematics, science and social studies, learning readiness, daily living activities, health, play/leisure skills, and socialization.

    Adaptive Physical Education

    The adaptive physical education program develops gross motor skills, physical fitness, fundamental movement and game/leisure skills.

    Art Instruction

    Art instruction develops the art concepts of colors, shapes and drawing in addition to developing fine motor skills, concept development, spatial relationships, form discrimination, sequencing, cause and effect, perceptual motor skills, tactile/kinesthetic awareness, and attention to detail.

    Community Based Instruction

    Community based experiences are planned through out the year and give the students opportunities to practice and generalize skills learned in school and to develop independent living.

    Job Sampling

    Job sampling opportunities are offered for students ages 16 and older. Job sampling provides training at actual job sites in community work environments enabling students to practice work communication and social skills needed to succeed in the workplace.

    Music Instruction

    Music instruction reflects traditional instruction in music to include singing and rhythms to guide the musical development of each student.

    Occupational Therapy

    Occupational therapy addresses the functional needs of the student related to the performance of academic, self help, vocational and leisure/play skills, as well as sensory impairment. The integrated model provides hands on instruction by an occupational therapist with assistance from classroom staff on the development of functional skills.


    The speech/language program stresses a multi-faceted approach to communication. This may include instruction in the use of oral speech, oral motor therapy, pictures, written communication, picture exchange, signing and/or augmentative devices. Speech/language specialists and classroom staff meet regularly to plan and update speech programs.


    Swimming instruction is provided by school staff at the DLC - Warren swimming pool.


    Educational software supplements the academic curriculum and is used to teach keyboarding, data entry, order processing and graphics design. Assistive devices such as special keyboards, touch screens and talking word processors are used to facilitate use of computers. Smartboard activities are used to reinforce learned skills.

    Vocational Skills

    Vocational skills taught develop work skills and appropriate behavior. Student independence is stressed in this program. Students are trained for community job placements by age 21.

    Students learn through use of the following strategies and resources:

    • Discrete trial teaching
    • Incidental teaching
    • Natural environmental teaching
    • Social stories
    • Video modeling
    • Visual and written schedules
    • Written and audio scripts

    Classes are served by the following staff:

    • Adaptive physical education teachers
    • Art teachers
    • Behavior specialists
    • Music teachers
    • Occupational therapists
    • Physical therapists
    • Special education teachers
    • Speech/language specialists
    • School nurses
    • Teacher assistants
    • Transition Coordinator
    • Vocational education teachers