The Children's Residential Program-Center of Excellence (CRP-COE) provides individualized education to children with developmental disabilities whose needs exceed what can be addressed by typical special education services.
Children live in home-like residences that are supported at all times by highly trained staff. The school's recreation facilities are used in the evenings and on weekends, and small group trips to promote community integration occur daily.
Students in eight separate residences receive highly specialized intervention that is designed to improve functioning in areas that may otherwise restrict their participation in typical activities and environments. An interdisciplinary team of professional staff and parents, together carefully monitor each child's growth with the objective of advancing that student to a less restrictive alternative whenever possible.
Residence life reflects progressively more complex activities of community living. Instructional objectives selected for each student anticipate what will be expected of them in targeted "next" living and working environments. Students are taught based on principles of applied behavior analysis and positive behavioral support just as it is within our special education programs.
The Children's Residential Program will consider placement of children who are referred to DDI by the N.Y.S. Education Department and the local school district's Committees on Special Education.