Preschool Program

  • The BCSSSD Preschool Program is geared to Preschool Disabled (PSD) students between the ages of 3 and 5. The Preschool classes serve multiply disabled students with language delays, social/behavioral concerns, or who are medically fragile with an emphasis on: daily living skills, age appropriate play/socialization, readiness skills, communication skills, and sensory motor integration. Daily living skills practice is also our primary focus; we collaborate with our occupational therapists to help students become more independent with feeding, dressing and toileting. During mealtimes we collaborate with our speech therapists to work to help the children accept different tastes, textures and temperatures; working on drinking skills with a goal of open cup practice; and teaching the children how to use utensils. Dressing and toileting go hand-in-hand with potty training. We also sequence the steps of hand washing as part of the routine each time the students use the bathroom. 

    Rest time/quiet time is built into the afternoon schedule since our busy day can be exhausting for the little ones. It also teaches the valuable skill of time and place, as this is the time for quiet. Our busy schedule includes: physical education, swimming, sensory integration in the classroom as well as in the sensory/playroom and performing arts. We also visit the Elementary Campus Wellness Center, which helps students practice become familiar with going to the doctor and the dentist, as well as teaching good health practices. Our students receive individual or small group therapy sessions with OT, PT, and speech, according to their IEPs. In the BCSSSD Preschool Program, we have a unique opportunity to meet once a week with our OT, PT, and speech therapists during Integrated Therapy Group. During this time we practice fine motor, gross motor, and communication skills with our therapists through thematic lessons that tie in with the preschool curriculum.

    1. The Creative Curriculum for Preschool
    2. Muli-sensory approaches
    3. Music/instrumental instruction
    4. Daily living skills
    5. Readiness skills
    6. Communication skills
    7. Social skills
    8. Art education
    9. Integrated related services
    10. Support with feeding needs
    11. Assistive technology
    12. Augmentative alternative communication
    13. Sensory play and therapy 
    14. Social emotional learning

    For more information about our continuum please contact Dr. Bobbie Downs, Child Study Team Director by calling (609) 261-5600 ext 2120 or email