Center Based Programs - Severely Multiply Impaired Program (SXI)

Holland East School hosts the Severely Multiply Impaired program (SXI) for Ottawa County. This unique program offers individualized programming for elementary aged children with a wide range of mental and physical disabilities while immersed in a regular education setting.

The SXI program has a number of learning and experiential aspects. Every child participates in each aspect of the program. These aspects are highlighted below.

For program information, contact Jennifer Headley-Nordman at  616-494-2100, Wendy Warner at 616-494-2578 or Nicole Geister at 616- 494-2321

Regular Education Inclusion
Students in the SXI program are involved in general education classrooms for part of their day. This provides the student with an opportunity to develop social skills, facilitate learning, engage in communication, and interact with peers

SXI Instruction
Time is spent in the SXI classroom to enhance skills that will contribute to the student's fullest independence. This instructional time addresses the student's Individual Education Plan (IEP) needs in a holistic approach that involves a variety of activities.

The SXI program at Holland East offers a full range of special education services including individual and group:

  • Physical Education
  • School Nurse
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Speech-Language Therapy
  • School Social Work
  • School Psychologist
  • Occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech and language therapy are integrated into a weekly session and also completed individually each week

Each week students are able to participate in specials here at school. They include gym, art, music, and library. Swimming also happens twice a month. For this activity, we travel to the aquatic center here in Holland and use their therapy pool.

Community-Based Instruction
CBI is a program designed to provide real life experiences as they relate to the child's particular needs.

Activities may include:

  • cooking
  • cleaning
  • visits to restaurants
  • shopping
  • introduction to community
  • community library
  • and many others

Rather than an outing for pleasure, it is a part of our educational program. CBI enhances the ability to meet the IEP goals of environmental awareness, safety, money skills, social behavior, communication, and vocabulary for daily activities.