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Aaron School – Special Needs and Learning Disabilities School
Aaron is a private K-12 special education school whose mission is to serve students with learning disabilities in the areas of reading, writing, and math in addition to attention, sensory and social challenges. Aaron School opened its doors in 2003 on 45th Street, as a nursery and early elementary school for children not ready for mainstream education.
Today, Aaron School provides integrated academic, enrichment, and therapeutic services to children in grades K‐12, with the goal of enabling each student to become a confident and successful learner. Offering an academically rigorous curriculum aligned with the New York State Learning Standards, Aaron employs an individualized approach to ensure student success while preparing them for successful post-secondary educational experiences and professional careers.
All students receive five therapy services per week.
Students in kindergarten through 3rd grade receive up to four sessions per week of Speech, OT or Counseling. Services are delivered both individually and in small groups. Additionally, each class receives a social skills session.
Students in the 4th and 5th grades receive up to three grouped sessions per week in Speech, OT or Counseling as well as a social skills group. Additionally each 4th grade class has an OT Alert group and each 5th grade class receives a life skills group.
Services for students are provided using either a pull out or push in model, depending on the needs of the students and their schedules. Social Skills: Developing social skills is an integral part of everyday life at Aaron School and a formal intervention program has been developed. For K-2nd grades, a speech and language therapist conducts weekly classes. Through modeling, role-playing, problem-solving and discussion, students learn the verbal and nonverbal behaviors to interact effectively and appropriately with the people around them. For 3rd-5th grades, a social worker and/or psychologist conduct weekly classes to address more advanced social dynamics of friendships, interpersonal relationships, decision-making and self-reflection.