BD PROGRAM OVERVIEW
Our program is self-contained, serving students in Preschool through 5th grade. We are a public school district so we teach to standards and academic expectations are held high.
Classrooms are staffed at a 2:1 ratio. This enables us to really individualize instruction which is provided as needed (individually, small and large groups). Behavior intervention is tiered. We have a program-wide point system, and also develop individualized behavior intervention plans for students that require the additional level of support. The hallmark of our behavioral program is the implementation of Positive Behavior Supports. We maintain a reinforcement-rich environment; we do not punish students, nor do we send them home when they exhibit challenging behavior, as it is our responsibility to understand and change this behavior. Attention to problem behavior is minimized and excessive attention to appropriate behaviors is provided. Replacement behaviors are taught and reinforced.
We have a full-time behaviorist for the program who works hand-in-hand with the school principal and the classroom teachers. Social skills instruction is provided in each classroom. We have a counselor who is in the school 3.5 days per week to provide individual and group counseling. The principal oversees all aspects of the program and works collaboratively with the behaviorist and counselor. Related service staff is on-hand to provide speech, OT or PT, as needed.
Our program has contracted with Pediatric Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Christine Doerr (LPN), who is in our building every week. She can observe, evaluate, prescribe, and monitor medication. Her services are optional; any family who chooses to work with her receives her services free of charge.
Our overarching philosophy is that we maintain focus on the whole child/family. We are not only concerned about supporting our students in the school setting, but also in their home and community. We are very familiar with all available supports and services available to families in the county and work closely with Bergen's Promise as well as other agencies.
There are opportunities for mainstreaming for students in the 4th and 5th grade for some special area classes. Our administration works closely with the Superintendent of Maywood Public Schools, and mainstreaming opportunities are provided at the Maywood Middle School which is just steps away from our own building.
Our Autism/ABA Program currently services students from the following local school districts: Bogota, Elmwood Park, Carlstadt, Wood-Ridge, Englewood, Rutherford, Moonachie, Little Ferry, Lodi, Saddle Brook, Garfield, Harrington Park, Nutley, Emerson, Wallington, Fairview, Lyndhurst, South Hackensack, East Rutherford, Cliffside Park, North Arlington, Hasbrouck Heights, Fair Lawn.