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Special Services Department



The special services team at the middle school is dedicated to meeting the needs of students with particular learning challanges.  We work together to ensure that students receive the additional support they need to be successful at the middle school.  Our goal is to deliver these services through a collaborative approach with our mainstream counterparts. Using a team level approach to problem solving we work with parents, faculty, and administration, across content areas to see that our students receive the academic supports they may need throughout the year.  We aim to harness the innate abilities found in all our students and help them recognize the affinities that will help them succeed.


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C.A.P.C.O.

Challenges Awareness Parent COmmittee

...is a subcommittee of our BPTA! Our mission is to INFORM and SUPPORT parents of students with unique learning needs.

If you are interested in participating please contact
Deborah Serio-Vaughan at (914) 432-8130 ext. 4029

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Course Descriptions

"A traveler without knowledge is like a bird without wings" 

  -Sa'di
 

Resource Room
The majority of students who are scheduled for Resource Room have been classified by the Committee on Special Education. Some enter through RTI (Response to Intervention) based on learning need. The program has been designed to serve students with a variety of learning disabilities, or significant health impairments, that impact school functioning.  

The Resource Room program has four basic strands:  Time Management, Materials Management, Study Skills and Test Taking Skills.  Work is done to determine learning style and students have the opportunity to develop a learning profile which helps in selecting strategies to use for academic success. Students are supported in their mainstream work including specific skills across content areas. They may also have an opportunity for pre-teaching and re-teaching of lessons. Classified students receive daily support in moving toward completion of IEP (Individualized Education Plan) goals.  Students with 504 Plans may develop personal goals as well.

A variety of approaches are used,  including multisensory learning, the development of learning styles profiles (Dunn & Dunn), Habits of Mind (Arthur Costa), Neurodevelopmental Constructs (Schools Attuned), Multiple Intelligences (Howard Gardner), and Brain Gym (Dennison & Dennison). Students are encouraged to attend Resource Room (6th, 7th & 8th grade)

Students who receive Resource Room have been classified by the Committee on Special Education. The program has been designed to serve students with a variety of learning disabilities, or significant health impairments, that impact school functioning.  

The Resource Room program has four basic strands:  Time Management, Materials Management, Study Skills and Test Taking Skills.  Work is done to determine learning style and students have the opportunity to develop a learning profile which helps in selecting strategies to use for academic success. Students are supported in their mainstream work including specific skills across content areas. They may also have an opportunity for pre-teaching and re-teaching of lessons. Classified students receive daily support in moving toward completion of IEP (Individualized Education Plan) goals. 

A variety of approaches are used,  including multisensory learning, the development of learning styles profiles (Dunn & Dunn), Habits of Mind (Arthur Costa), Neurodevelopmental Constructs (Schools Attuned), Multiple Intelligences (Howard Gardner), and Brain Gym (Dennison & Dennison). Students are encouraged to attend and participate in their Annual Reviews.

Integrated Co-Taught Classes
BMS runs ICT classes in four core areas: ELA, Math, Science and Social Studies. These are heterogeneous classes taught by a general education and a special education teacher. This level of support allows for the highest level of differentiation for students with unique learning needs. These are mainstream classes.

Supported Classes
We also have “supported sections” in each of the four core areas. These classes are taught by a general education teacher with the help of a Teaching Assistant. This allows for in-class support for students who need help in the classroom or for those with a differentiated program. These are mainstream classes.

Speech and Language (Communication Skills)
The Speech/language pathologist in the middle school provides evaluation and treatment of communication disorders which may include difficulty in one or more of the following areas:

·   speech sound production
·   resonance
·   voice
·   fluency
·   language (comprehension and expression)
·   cognition

Focus of intervention covers the areas of listening, speaking, reading, writing and thinking and applying them to the academic curriculum.

Reading/Literacy
The goal of this class will be to work with reading strategies to provide students with growth in vocabulary, critical thinking skills and learning skills. A large focus of the class will be on teaching students how to monitor their own thinking as they read. Another skill that is worked on in this course is to build students fluency in all academic areas. This course addresses the need for students to develop the skills and strategies necessary for academic success at the secondary level.

Counseling
The BMS Clinical team is on hand to meet with students in an effort to solve problems related to functioning in school. The team includes the School Psychologist, Guidance Counselor, Guidance Intern and Student Assistance Counselor. They offer both mandated and “as needed” counseling. The Guidance Counselor runs an Advisory Program that helps all students to develop skills to manage middle school issues. 

Wellness Center
The BMS Guidance Suite is now the home of the BMS Wellness Center. This suite is comprised of offices of the School Psychologist, Guidance Counselor and Guidance Intern. The Wellness Center is a space where students can visit to practice the 3 R’s: Relax, Regroup and Return (to class). Students can speak with a clinician and learn positive techniques for managing stress. It is a relaxing environment where students can meet, talk and “decompress.”

 
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Faculty

 

Briarcliff Middle School Special Education Coordinator, Mary Yulo

Subcommittee Chair, Sondra Dolman

Grades 6-8 Special Educators typically work across all grade levels in middle school


BMS, School Psychologist
, Elissa Novick

BMS, Speech and Language Pathologist, Sondra Dolman

 


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Graphic Organizers

Click on the links below to download any of the various graphic organizers for all subject areas.

These are used to help your child's "sponge" soak up the important information.



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Useful Links

Useful websites for parents and teachers with information on various learning challenges.   

Adolescent Literacy

AdLit.org is a national multimedia project offering information and resources to the parents and educators of struggling adolescent readers and writers.


All Kinds of Minds

All Kinds of Minds is a non-profit Institute that helps students who struggle with learning measurably improve their success in school and life by providing programs that integrate educational, scientific, and clinical expertise.


Children and Adults with Attention deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder

CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) is the nation's leading non-profit organization serving individuals with AD/HD and their families.


LD Online

LD OnLine.org is the world's leading web site on learning disabilities and ADHD, serving more than 200,000 parents, teachers, and other professionals.


National Center for Learning Disabilities

This site provides essential information to parents, professionals and individuals with learning disabilities, promotes research and programs to foster effective learning.


 

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017