NJEDDA’s Elementary and Middle School Program serves students ages five through 14 who have complex developmental disabilities. Using a team approach, we provide special education, speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy.
Our curriculum is aligned with the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards, allowing our teachers and specialists to develop appropriate goals and objectives for each student in academic subject areas such as language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. The elementary school uses the Unique Curriculum, a web-based comprehensive special education curriculum based on the standards.
Like their peers in public schools, students grade 3 through 8 take part in standardized assessments such as NJASK and APA – with individualized modifications and accommodations as needed.
Students benefit from Augmentative Communication and the latest in technology-enhanced instruction. Each child is evaluated to determine his or her unique learning styles, and to identify the types of technology that will make a difference. Our multidisciplinary staff team of therapists (occupational, physical and speech), nurses, and social workers, consult and collaborate with teachers to insure the student’s instructional, therapeutic, social and medical needs are met.
Our staff also works cooperatively with the Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CBVI) to help ensure that students with visual impairments have access to the classroom and home resources they needs, and to effective instruction techniques.