Our preschool program utilizes rigorous and intensive application of the most current behavior analytic technolgies to create a highly structured learning experience for students.
A 5.5 hour school day and a 1:1 staff to student ratio ensures an intensive educational experience
We employ an interdisciplinary, team approach comprising teachers, speech pathologists, occupational therapists and behavior analysts.
Assessment is continuous and utilizes behaviorally based tools such as the ABLLS-R and VB-MAPP.
The environment is heavily enriched with interactive educational activities and experiences. Student preferences are assessed continuously.
Curriculum is comprehensive and based on the NJ Preschool Teaching and Learning Standards. Individual student needs are revealed through educational assessment data as well as speech and sensorimotor evaluation.
Structured routines add predictability and understanding for students and affords independence through the use of visual schedules.
Play and socialization opportunities are embedded within both inter and intra-classroom activities as well as school-wide functions such as dances and concerts.
Communication skills are emphasized heavily through collaborative efforts among clinical team members and speech pathlogists.
Student performance data are collected and evaluated daily. The indisciplinary team meets at least once weekly to evaluate the data and recommend specific program modifications when necessary. All data collection, evaluation, review and modification are overseen by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.
Daily communication between school and home ensures family involvement. Teachers and clinical team members offer assistance to address home-based needs.
Our elementary program is designed to increase student independence, continue development of academic skills and begin preparation for adolescent life.
1:1 staff to student ratios are generally thinned to 2:1 and periods of group instruction.
Curriculum is rooted in the NJ Core Curriculum Content Standards and the Common Core State Standards (for ELA and Math), incorporates grade-level textbooks and materials and reflects areas of need identified through behaviorally-based assessments such as the ABLLS-R and VB-MAPP.
Students participate in social activities such as inter and intra classroom activities (e.g. birthday and/or holiday celebrations), school wide functions (e.g holiday concerts and talent shows) and community experiences such as swimming and class trips.
As students move through the elementary grades, increasingly greater levels of indepent skills are emphasized. Students learn to self-monitor and follow activity schedules with less reliance on adult assistance. Efforts to reduce and replace problematic behaviors continue from earlier grade levels.
Students benefit from continued emphasis on communication skills, with incorporation of technology-assisted communication when appropriate (e.g. i-devices).
Use of evidence-based educational practices and data-based decision making. One Board Certified Behavior Analyst oversees program implementation for every 2 elementary classrooms.
Interdisciplinary collaboration and evaluation of student performance occurs at least once per week for each student.
Collaboration with family and professionals within the home setting. Programmed generalization of skills across settings and development of home-specific components when needed.
Participation in the NJ Alternate Proficiency Assement.