The Jean Black School in Middletown is a nurturing educational experience sculpted to meet the needs of children ages 5-21 who have been diagnosed with a developmental disability. The school features a state-of-the-art sensory room and a challenging curriculum including multi-sensory learning, opportunities for community integration and exploration, physical education, music, art and other co-curricular activities. Occupational, speech and physical therapy, counseling and life skills instruction are also provided. It is our mission to assist each child to develop the skills necessary to attain the highest level of self-esteem, independence, productivity, self-direction, and integration into the community as he or she chooses.
Each classroom is able to enroll 9 students, and is staffed by a teacher, and 3 to 7 teacher aides depending on the needs of the students. The program employs a “whole language” model. Many of our students are non-verbal; therefore information is presented to them verbally, in sign language, and through pictorial icons. The curriculum includes reading, writing, mathematics, science, geography, biology, social studies, adaptive physical education, and music as appropriate to the student’s capabilities. Social workers facilitate parent activities and workshops for care givers. A psychologist is available to develop and assist parents with the home adaptation of behavioral intervention plans.