Special Education

Bankbridge Buddies – Gloucester County Special Services School District

February 15, 2016

Bankbridge Buddies teaches elementary students social skills, as well as the value of “giving back,” by reaching out to the community to serve residents of a nursing home. Started in 2007, the program involves fourth- through sixth-grade students at Bankbridge Elementary School, in Gloucester County, who have multiple and behavioral disabilities. Each month, students visit … Continued

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Valley Program – Northern Valley Regional; Region III Council for Special Education (Bergen County)

A public school program for children diagnosed on the autism spectrum, the Valley Program educates children from Northern Valley Regional’s two high schools, as well as the seven elementary districts that send students there. Students range in age from 3 to 16. Program features include nationally certified staff, masters-level speech therapists, training for parents and … Continued

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Ability Awareness Collaboration – Wall Township (Monmouth County)

The Ability Awareness Collaboration creatively raises awareness about disabilities by partnering students from the Wall High School Peer Leaders with students from the Ladacin-Schroth School, a private school for disabled students. The program’s purpose is threefold: The Schroth students have the opportunity to socialize with students from their sending school districts; the Wall students, some … Continued

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School-Based Mental Health Counseling/Psychiatric Services – Woodbury (Gloucester County)

February 12, 2016

In Woodbury, school officials discovered a barrier to student growth was families’ difficulty in accessing community-based mental health services. For some families, scheduling problems or transportation issues made it impossible to access those important services. As a result, the district created a partnership with a local mental health agency, in which counselors come on-site to … Continued

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Mental Health Awareness Day at Dumont High School – Dumont (Bergen County

The Special Education Parent Advisory Committee (SEPAC) sponsored a mental health awareness day for all high school students. General and special education teachers, administrators, board of education members, Child Study Team members, and guidance educational specialists created a special that included various activities involving mental health. The program was developed in conjunction with the Bergen … Continued

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Robo Kids – Washington Township (Morris County)

This hands-on program at Benedict A. Cucinella School enhances autistic students’ creative thinking, communication skills, scientific thinking and problem-solving abilities by working with robotics. At the same time, it promotes learning in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). Students are engaged in basic computer programming, keyboarding and robot construction. Started in 2012, the Robo Kids … Continued

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