Preschool Disabilities Program
This program is designed to meet the needs of three and four year old children with disabilities. Learning is viewed as an interactive process between the child, his or her peers, staff and a developmentally appropriate environment. The curriculum is developmentally based and focuses on the growth of the total child. Language-based interventions are infused in all activities throughout the school day. Students who participate in this program receive instruction in a self-contained classroom that provides a rich learning environment and a daily routine that allows for student success. Physical education is provided twice per week. Students are also given many opportunities for gross motor play throughout the week.
The educational program provides an integrated approach to learning that utilizes support and related services such as speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, counseling and physical education to provide a broad range of opportunities for each child. Carefully planned field trips and assemblies support the educational program. A special education teacher delivers the instruction based on the NJ State Department of Education Early Childhood Education Program Expectations: Standards of Quality and the goals and objectives in the student's Individual Education Program (IEP).
Autism Program - School Age and Preschool
In this program, students with autism are taught through systematic strategies and are consistently reinforced for displaying desired behaviors. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the most commonly used evidence-based approach for teaching students with autism. Using Applied Behavioral Analysis in the classroom allows the teachers to plan and implement individualized programs that meet each student's unique needs in a structured and consistent manner. A vital part of this program is the collection of daily data to measure the progression of skill development and to equip staff with information they need to make judgments regarding programs. Social Skills training is incorporated into all autistic classes and is applied during community-based instruction. Instruction in the community provides a real-world opportunity to assist in the generalization of skills learned in the classrooms. Staff members engage in strategic planning for transition to more inclusive settings. The social skills curriculum focuses on the development of social skills including play, conversation, understanding nuances, body language and various sensitive topics.
Multiple Disabilities Program
The Multiple Disabilities (MD) Program provides IEP-based instruction for all students. Individualized instruction supports different learning styles. A variety of reading and math teaching strategies assist students who have difficulty with traditional methods of teaching. A special education teacher delivers the instruction based on the NJ Core Curriculum Content Standards, the district curriculum and the goals and objectives in the student's Individual Education Program (IEP). The program is designed to meet the needs of students who have more than one disability. Students with severe disabilities develop increased functioning in personal skills as well as adaptive behavior. All students learn how to function as independently as possible. All services are IEP driven. Students receive a full complement of therapy according to their IEPs including speech, occupational and physical therapy as well as individual and group counseling.
Behavior Disabilities Program
The Behavioral Disabilities Program provides support for academic progress while enabling students to obtain strategies to improve social and emotional skills. Students are able to access a wide variety of services including participation in individual and small group counseling, social decision-making and anger management groups. A behavior specialist, school social workers and behavioral assistants provide support and assistance to staff and students. School-wide behavior support systems ensure that Behavior Intervention Plans (BIPs) are implemented through all school and community settings.
Cognitive Severe Program
The Cognitive Severe Program provides intense therapy and classroom support for students with the most severe medical, cognitive, and physical needs. A collaborative approach is used with classroom staff and therapists working together to provide a stimulating and supportive environment for those students with significant developmental delays. The goal is to keep the students actively engaged throughout the school day using a wide array of sensory experiences and integrated techniques and strategies.