Pines Bridge School

Serving students between the ages of 5 and 21 with multiple disabilities

There's no better testament to the philosophy of The Pines Bridge School for students, age 5 to 21, with multiple disabilities than its track. Here, each day, weather permitting, students using walkers, tricycles, chariots, crutches and other adaptive devices complete laps with no less dedication than the brightest track stars. Spearheaded by staff at Pines Bridge, the four-lane, 100-meter track was built with donations from teachers, staff, family and community memebers who wanted students to have a safe place to practice theire mobility skills outdoors, The only facility of its kind in the tri-state region, the Pines Bridge track is in keeeping with the school's overall approach, which stresses mobility as a means of gaining independence and dignity.

With a staff-to-student ratio of typically one teacher, a teaching assistant and three aides for a class of 12 students, Pines Bridge provides a variety of learning environments to meet the congnitive, physical, social, emotional, sensory and vocational needs our students. Based on the belief that all children can learn, our innovative, research-based curricula include:The Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES Pines Bridge Program serves students between the ages of 5 and 21 who have multiple disabilities.

MOVE (Mobility Opportunities Via Education)
Rather than limiting the practice of motor skills to two or three therapy sessions a week, MOVE incorporates motor skills training into everyday activities throughout the school day. As a result, students are constantly practicing how to sit, stand or walk. The program also differs from the traditional approach in that it asks caregivers what skills would improve a student's life. For example, a student who can stand with support while getting changed can go out to shopping malls and other places in the community that otherwise would be off limits. With input from the family, the Committee on Special Education will develop meaningful goals for yor child. Our success in this area is so great that Pines Briege has been named a model site for MOVE and is visted by educators from across the nation.

Sensory Motor Language (SML)
By integrating speech, physical and occupational therapy into classroom activities, students gain the language to understand and organize the world around them.

Transitions
As a parent, you may be concerned about your child's future beyond school. That's where BOCES" Transitions Program, and the Life Skill Apartment that is its centerpiece, come into play. Transitions help students between the ages of 16 and 21 who are developmentally delayed, multiply disabled or have a diagnosis on the autism spectrum, perapre the the guture. Based on a studtnt's inficifual abiliies, the Transitions Program instructs students in daily living sills, provides vocational opportunities and teaches appropriate scocial skills. Theaches work alogside speech/language pathologist, occupational therepists and social works to develp and implement a plan for each student.

Life Skills Apartment
In the Life Skills Apartment, a free-standing, fully functioning one bedroom apartment on the BOCES campus, learn to vacuum, fold and put away laundry, make a bed and prepare food. Appropriate leisure activities and social interactions are also practiced - all with a goal of helping the student to achieve the greatest degree of independence prior to graduation.

Career and Technical Education Center
At the Career and Technical Education Center, students rotate through a variety of classes to help them identify interests and strengths as well as develop work habits such as asking for help, clarifying directions and focusing on a task. Some students also participate in sheltered workshop perparation provided by the Putnam ARC.

For more information contact:
Robert Kelderhouse
Pines Bridge School, Principal
Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES
200 BOCES Drive
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
(914) 248-2250
(914) 248-3801 fax
e-mail: rkelderhouse@pnwboces.org