Student Disability: Preschoolers with a disability (significant developmental delays)
Student Age: 3 to 5 years
Students who attend this state-of-the-art early education center are referred by their local districts' Committees on Preschool Special Education (CPSE). Each student's Individualized Education Plan (IEP) indicates the need for the program's highly individualized behavioral approach. The Preschool program follows a collaborative team teaching model. The LEAD (Language Enriched Academic Development) Program consists of two (6: 1: 2) classes in a specially adapted classroom. The classes are taught by a special education teacher and a speech teacher through collaborative team teaching.
Program goals include not only developing the youngsters' communication skills and increasing social interaction, but also accomplishing individualized educational goals in pre-academic and academic programs.
Upon entering the program, students experience complete engagement with their teachers. Through small group sessions, they remain focused and on task. Repetition is an essential part of the Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) instructional strategy, and each task learned involves constant reinforcement through practice and reward. As children progress, they engage in group activities and community experiences.
As part of the program's educational/behavioral approach, the program's staffs, who have been specially trained, tracs results of each child's activities in continuous documentation. Program goals include not only developing the youngster's communication skills and increasing their social interaction but also accomplishing individualized educational goals in preacademic and academic programs. The staff is continually aware of the needs of the whole child. Parents and family learn behavioral and educational strategies that can be used with the children at home. Family input is encouraged and invaluable to the staff.
Activities of Daily Living (ADL) skill instruction is provided within the program's overall behavioral approach.. Toilet training is provided if necessary. The program's "Feeding Team," along with the individual child's classroom team, will address any eating issues or concerns. A progressive total communication system is utilized. This may include spoken words, photographs, pictures, symbols and/or sign language, to increase communication skills. The picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) is used. this method involves the child initating a social exchange to request/communicate.
The program's interdisciplinary staff, includes members of the teaching staff, the program's social worker, psychologist, occupational, physical and speech therapists, and administrative personnel, work as a team to meet the individualized needs of each child. Occupational and Physical Therapy is provided via a Consult Model. All students benefit from a physical education and music program. Parent training is provided throughout the school year. Day and evening workshops are scheduled to assist parents with skill development and behavioral interventions for their child. Ongoing support groups are facilitated by the social worker.Parents have opportunities to talk with various team members during scheduled meetings and additional staff as the need arises. Students attend various school activities and class trips. Parents are encouraged to become members of our PTA (Parent Teacher Association) and assist in the coordination of PTA planned activities.
The Children's Readiness Center Preschool is located at 2351 Jerusalem Avenue, North Bellmore, NY 11710.