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The JCC on the Palisades Therapeutic Nursery and Early Childhood Programs
The Therapeutic Nursery is a program for preschool children with developmental problems, including communication and learning disorders, Attention Deficit Disorder, high functioning Autism, PDD and Asperger's Syndrome. The Nursery model was developed at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1978 by Drs. Doris Allen and Lois Mendelson.
The children in the program have at least average intelligence, and many are extremely bright, despite their developmental delays or difficult behaviors. We provide a warm, enriching environment that helps develop both socialization and interpersonal communication skills.
Through daily participation and individual and group meetings with staff and therapists, parents are an integral part of the psychoeducational team. Thus, staff benefits from regular input from the parents, and parents can work with staff to provide their child with an optimal environment at home and school. The Nursery's curriculum provides a consistent and predictable environment.
Through developmentally-appropriate group activities (such as music, art, playtime, and gym), children develop play skills, social skills and behavioral control. Through structured teaching, they acquire age appropriate cognitive and self-help skills. By "learning through doing," each child uses developmental strengths to overcome weaknesses, creating a positive attitude toward learning and future schooling.