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Salem Early Childhood Center Overview

Research suggests that combining special needs children with age appropriate typically developing peers has important implications for both groups of children. All students learn acceptance and sensitivity as well as positive social interaction s and play behavior. These students learn to work and play together in a school community that reflects the real world and supports the efforts of IDEA 2004.

Our program is designed to serve Salem children ages three to five. Students progress at their own pace, and achieve success on an individual level. Creativity, natural curiosity, and cultural awareness are emphasized throughout the curriculum.

Speech and Language, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy are integrated into the classroom curriculum. Highly qualified therapists and teachers work to create a program that enriches as well as remediate skills for all children. Students on IEPs are provided additional services as deemed appropriate for each individual child. We currently offer three models of  early childhood education.
½ Day Integrated Preschool ñ Typically developing peers are educated alongside special needs students in an inclusion model. The daily schedule includes a typical range of activities structured to enhance academic learning. The curriculum includes language lessons incorporated into early literacy, science, social studies, math, life skills, and therapies. Social and play skills instruction is integrated throughout the curriculum.
Program Components:
  • Readiness academics in alignment with the MA Curriculum Frameworks PreK-12
  • Daily living skills activities
  • Language development activities
  • Parental consultation meetings are scheduled on an as needed basis.
Staffing:
  • Special Education Teacher and paraprofessional support
  • Ancillary services: School Adjustment Counselor, Speech/Language, Occupational and Physical Therapists and other related services providers per individual needs of students
Students attend school four days per week for morning or afternoon sessions.
Hours: Monday ñ Thursday 8:30 ñ 11:00 or 12:00 ñ 2:30

Integrated-Intensive Preschool ñ Typically developing peers are educated alongside students with some significant communication and social challenges who may have a diagnosis in the Autism Spectrum or other global delays within a highly structured, safe and learning environment.  The peers attend the program during the mornings allowing more intensive services to be provided in the afternoons to the students on IEPs.  The curriculum includes language lessons incorporated into early literacy, science, social studies, math, life skills, and therapies. Social and play skills instruction is integrated throughout the curriculum. The principles of Applied Behavioral Analysis are embedded in the instruction. The use of positive reinforcement, success oriented activities and the utilization of sensory integration strategies provide students a functional framework to focus on personal goals. Special needs students and their families may participate in home-school services and some individual discrete trials as part of their program if deemed appropriate per their IEP.
Program Components:
  • Readiness academics/functional academics in alignment with the Common Core
  • Daily living skills activities
  • Language development activities
  • Parental consultation meetings are scheduled on an as needed basis.
  • Social and play skills embedded throughout the day
Staffing:
  • Special Education Teacher and paraprofessional support
  • Ancillary services: School Adjustment Counselor, Speech/Language, Occupational and Physical Therapists, Behavior Specialist/BCBA and other related services providers per individual needs of students
Students attend school five days per week.
Hours: Monday ñ Thursday 8:30 ñ 2:30 and Friday 8:30 ñ 11:00
Peers attend Monday ñ Thursday 8:30 ñ 11:00

Intensive Preschool ñ This model is designed for students with significant physical, or health  limitations . Students in this class have diagnoses of intensive global delays. This is a self-contained program with a low student-teacher ratio. And a Certified Nurseís Assistant (CNA) in the classroom. Individual programs are based on the principles of Applied Behavioral Analysis. ABA sessions focus on increasing functional, communication, self-help, and social skills as well as decreasing challenging and self-stimulatory behaviors. The use of positive reinforcement, success oriented activities and utilization of sensory integration strategies provide students a functional framework to focus on personal goals. Home service training may be provided to families to merge the skills taught in the classroom into the childís home life if deemed appropriate per their IEP. Opportunities are available for inclusion as the child masters developmental skills that allow for generalization in a larger group setting.
The program is centered upon a language-based curriculum with strong emphasis on the use of communication aids to enhance language acquisition, e.g. communication boards and visual schedules. The daily schedule includes a typical range of activities structured to enhance academic learning. The curriculum includes language lessons incorporated into early literacy, science, social studies, math, life skills, and therapies. Social and play skills instruction is integrated throughout the curriculum.
Program Components:
  • Functional academics
  • Daily living skills activities
  • Language development activities
  • Development of social/play skills
  • Parental consultation meetings are scheduled on an as needed basis
  • Home training on a case-by-case basis
Staffing:
  • Special Education Teacher CNA and paraprofessional support
  • Ancillary services: School Adjustment Counselor, Speech/Language, Occupational and Physical Therapists, Behavior Specialist/BCBA and other related services providers per individual needs of students
Students attend school five days per week.
Hours: Monday ñ Thursday 8:30 ñ 2:30 and Friday 8:30 ñ 11:00

Related Services ñ Students who are eligible for special education and are identified through the IEP process receive individual or small group therapy sessions. Therapies are determined on an individual basis and goals and benchmarks focus on remediation of delays and weaknesses.


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