Affective Needs Program

Affective Needs

The Affective Needs program is designed to provide intensive, individualized academic and social-emotional supports for students experiencing significant social, emotional, and/or behavioral difficulties. Placement in the program is dependent on discussion, planning, and frequent communication between the IEP team, which includes parents as the most essential team members. The program provides a smaller adult to student ratio within a highly structured classroom. In addition to academic instruction, students participate in social skills instruction on a daily basis. A main goal of the program is to help students learn and maintain the necessary skills to support their learning in the general education setting alongside their peers. As students demonstrate successful participation in the less restrictive classrooms, they are closer to the ultimate goal of returning to full inclusion in their regular schedule.



Mrs. Keenan                  Meet Mrs. Keenan
                      Meet Mrs. Swan                    Mrs. Swan
                               Meet Mrs. Lindahl                            Mrs. Lindahl

I started working at Larkspur Elementary in December of 2019. I enjoy playing piano, singing in choir at church and playing keyboard for Praise Team. My husband David and I have 4 boys. They go to 4 different schools in Douglas County. We have lived in Perry Park for almost 4 years and lived in Thornton for 12 years before that. I grew up in Riverton, Wyoming where my mom, dad, sister and her family, aunts, uncles and cousins still live. I love to visit when I can and enjoy hiking around our home in Perry Park. 




                      Meet Mrs. Strimenos                  Mrs. Strimenos

After retiring from dental hygiene, Jenny is happy to be back at Larkspur Elementary where both of her children attended and she spent many happy years volunteering, being a Girl Scout Leader, and working with the Boy Scouts.  Outside of work, family takes a priority with 4H, horse shows, rodeos and other outdoor family activities.
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