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, their 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 the information they need to make judgments regarding programs. Social Skills instruction is incorporated into all classes in the program 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 is designed to meet the needs of students with more than one disability and provides IEP-based instruction for students by supporting different learning styles throughout the curriculum and delivery of instruction. 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 Student Learning Standards (NJSLS), the district curriculum, and the goals and objectives in the student's Individual Education Program (IEP). Students with severe disabilities develop increased functioning in personal skills as well as adaptive behavior. JFC provides intense therapy and classroom support for students with the most severe medical, cognitive, and physical needs.