The School at McGuire Memorial: Providing Individualized Special Education Services

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The School at McGuire Memorial is licensed as an Approved Private School providing individualized special education services for students ages 3 to 21 who have intellectual disabilities, multiple disabilities or who are on the autism spectrum.

They provide a comprehensive education, a range of therapeutic services, and individualized support within a nurturing and loving environment. This nondenominational school is dedicated to McGuire Memorial’s founding premise that every life is sacred, and that every child, no matter the scope of his or her abilities, should experience a fullness of life.

The curriculum is individualized to each student and the special educators continually create and develop state-of-the-art programs using SMART boards, iPads, and touch screens, implementing the Treatment and Education of Autistic and related Communication Handicapped Children (TEACCH) methodology and using web-based applications such as VizZle.com where they can create engaging, visualized lesson plans.

To better prepare students for life after graduation, The School offers the LIFE (Learning in Functional Environments) Academy for its secondary students. Students are taught life skills to become as independent as possible including real-world functional environments including laundry, kitchen individual work stations, vocational training of both hard on-the-job skills and soft skills such as what to do on break and so forth. There is also an emphasis on functional academics such as making change, telling time, measuring recipes, applying words associated with jobs and much more.

All students also enjoy extra-curricular activities, gym class, health class, library and lessons in the creative arts.

The curriculum is also adapted to the students’ preferred means of communication, whether it be verbal, via devices or sign language, whichever method helps a child reach their full potential is used.

There are 6 behavior technicians available to provide positive behavior supports within the classrooms.  The behavior techs are supervised by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in this restraint-free facility.  There is also a full-time school nurse and a full complement of therapists including occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech therapy.

Since the curriculum is individualized to the student, the School at McGuire Memorial is able to offer rolling admissions so any student can start attending any time of the year and at any age between 3 and 21 years.

The School at McGuire Memorial is conveniently located on route-65 (Mercer Road) at 2119 Mercer Road, New Brighton, PA 15066. Placement in the school is funded by the students’ home school districts, and daily transportation is provided for day-students by their school districts. The school also has van access for transportation to community-based field trips. The School individualizes its breakfast and lunch programs to honor all dietary issues and maintains a nut free environment. To schedule a tour, call (724) 891-7222. To learn more, visit http://www.mcguirememorial.org.

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