Supportive Services for Children and Families
Many of our children have special emotional or educational needs and are considered at risk of future school failure. Bloomingdale provides a range of services to meet the individual needs of these children, who comprise close to 50 percent of our enrollment. By intervening early to address learning needs, Bloomingdale enables most of our at-risk children to enter and succeed in mainstream elementary school classrooms — without relying on Special Ed services.
Children are assessed for learning needs beginning at enrollment and during the opening weeks of school. Our Disabilities Services specialists observe in classrooms and follow up with children referred by their teachers. Bloomingdale’s ability to offer services in-house means that children receive needed support without delay. Parents are always consulted and engaged as we determine the services that will best meet the child’s needs.
The Preventive Services we offer include
One-to-one play therapy
Each site provides a one-to-one room — a mini classroom with books, toys, and learning materials where special education teachers and therapists meet with individual children for a half hour twice weekly.
Bilingual speech therapy and occupational therapy
Children who have been evaluated on-site and identified to receive these services meet with their individual therapists for twice-weekly half-hour sessions.
Children receive our continuing support after they transition into elementary school. We offer afterschool Homework Help for Bloomingdale children as they progress through the elementary grades. This support enables them to maintain their progress and earn promotion to the next grade level.
Liaison with teachers and schools
Bloomingdale maintains close contact with receiving schools, helps families choose the best possible setting for their children, and collaborates with receiving teachers in planning to meet the needs of our children after they leave us.