Special Education: Pines Bridge School

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

Welcome to the Pines Bridge Programs web site.  This program is part of the Special Education Department of the Putnam/Northern Westchester Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) in Yorktown Heights, NY which serves the eighteen school districts in the region.

The Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES Pines Bridge Program serves students between the ages of 5 and 21 who have multiple disabilities. The intensive staff to student ratio (12:1:4) allows for a wide variety of learning environments to be provided in order to meet the cognitive, sensory, physical, emotional, vocational, and social needs of the students. Each student is challenged daily to reach his/her maximum potential and level of independence.

Pines Bridge provides students with the following programs as a part of their overall educational curricula.


The Sensory-Motor/Language (SML) Program integrates speech, occupational, and physical therapy into the studentsí classroom curricula. This provides students the opportunity to integrate language experiences with motor activities in a way that assists them in organizing their world.


MOVE (Mobility Opportunities Via Education) is a curriculum designed to help students with disabilities learn the skills needed for sitting, standing, and walking. It is a collaborative program that uses the services and knowledge of parents, educators, therapists, and support personnel to help students learn and practice skills while engaged in functional activities. Pines Bridge School was named a model site of MOVE International on May 31, 2002. Click here to go to MOVE International.


The Pet Therapy Program provides students with the opportunity to experience additional sensory activities in the educational setting. Animal assisted therapy is designed to promote improvement in physical, social, emotional, and cognitive functioning. Brandi is used to facilitate recreational, physical, and occupational therapy, as well as behavior management programs.


COP, the Community Outreach Program, is designed to provide secondary-aged students (17-21 years) with experiences to prepare them for the transition from the educational setting to an active and productive adult life. On-site job training and volunteer work, mobility training, and experiences with the lifeskills required as a part of daily living are incorporated into the Community Outreach Program.

The support staff in the Pines Bridge Program provides the following services according to each studentís individual needs:

  • Speech-Language Therapy

  • Psychological Evaluation

  • Occupational Therapy

  • Family Support

  • Physical Therapy

  • Adaptive Physical Education

  • Hearing Impaired Services

  • Pre-Vocational Training

  • Visually Impaired Services

  • Transition Planning

  • Individual & Group Counseling

  • Assistive Technology Support

The Pines Bridge Program supports the philosophy that all children can learn. The staff is committed to recognizing the unique abilities and learning styles of each individual and strives to provide appropriate opportunities for every student to develop cognitively, emotionally, physically, and socially. Together with the family, the goal is to challenge all students to reach their maximum potential and level of independence.

For more information contact:
Robert Kelderhouse
Pines Bridge Program Supervisor
Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES
200 BOCES Drive
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
(914) 248-2252
(914) 248-3801 fax
e-mail: rkelderhouse@pnwboces.org