Not only are we serving children with disabilities, the school also provides consultative services to programs developing similar intervention strategies for young children throughout the state. The Joseph Sams School staff also works closely with private therapists and physicians to provide comprehensive programs for its students. We also offer one-on-one tutoring to children with disabilities. Such joint efforts have proven to be successful for these children’s development.
We can’t wait to meet your family! See a list of our programs below.
The Early Intervention Program provides part-day special education instruction and therapies for children from birth through four years of age with infant stimulation and preschool sessions.
Infant and Toddler Stimulation Program (2-10 hours weekly):
The Preschool Program (4 hours daily, 5 hours daily):
The Primary Program offers full-day special education classes for children from 5-7 years of age with an emphasis on academics, functional academics, and life skills training.
Primary School Program (6.5 hours daily):
The Elementary Program offers full-day special education classes for children from 8-12 years of age with an emphasis on functional academics, community-based instruction, and life skills training.
Elementary School (6.5 hours daily):
The Upper School Program offers full-day special education classes for children from 13-22 years of age with an emphasis on functional academics, community-based instruction, as well as vocational and life skills training.
Upper School Program (6.5 hours daily):
ATLAS (Adult Transitional Living and Support) Program: ATLAS is a transition program serving 18-22 year olds with its purpose of ensuring that students have the essential skills and community connections to successfully transition, work, and live as contributing adults in their respective communities.
ATLAS Program (6.5 hours daily):
The Collaborative Program provides a small intensive educational environment utilizing a modified Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) approach to teaching.
Collaborative Program (5 hours daily, 6.5 hours daily):
The MOVE® (Mobility Opportunity via Education) Program provides children with mild to serve physical disabilities opportunities for acquiring increased independence in functional sitting, standing, and walking skills to experience and gain mobility as well as a healthier and happier life.
Why? M.O.V.E. ® was developed by Linda Bidabe, special educator from Bakersfield, California and was born out of a need to improve the quality of life for children with physical disabilities.
What? M.O.V.E. ® is a research-based program shown to improve functional mobility skills and to empower children with physical disabilities to better direct their own lives. M.O.V.E. ® uses a family/person centered approach to develop mobility programs based upon current theory and research in education, psychology, biomechanics, and motor science.
Who? M.O.V.E. ® Helps Children with disabilities by:
How? M.O.V.E. ® utilizes a top-down, activity-based curriculum designed to provide a program whereby participants practice motor skills while engaged in educational and/or leisure activities throughout the natural school day. The M.O.V.E. ® Program is based upon teaming the expertise of education and therapy to address the functional needs of students when they become adults.
The Joseph Sams School is one of only 30-model sites within the continental United States for M.O.V.E. ® International. Seven JSS staff members are M.O.V.E. ® International Trainers and all teaching staff are trained as Basic Providers. For more information on M.O.V.E. ® click here.
Occupational and physical therapies are provided on a consultative basis. Parents may contract with private therapists to provide direct services during school hours.
Pediatric physical therapy is concerned with the examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, and intervention of children, aged birth through adolescence, who are experiencing functional limitations or disability due to trauma, a disorder, or disease process.
Occupational therapists are trained to assist people of all ages to perform the functional tasks that normally occupy their lives.
The occupation of childhood is to develop the skills necessary to become functional and independent adults.
These skills include:
The clinic provides 1:1 intensive instruction in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) to prepare the child for a classroom setting and individualized special education instruction in pre-academic, academic, and communication skills to enhance the child’s performance in his/her current educational setting.
The Speech/Language Program provides intensive speech and language therapy, including traditional as well as assistive, augmentative, sign language, and oral motor/feeding therapies.
Speech & Language Program
The Fine Arts Program provides music therapy and art classes as well as theatrical and choral performances.
Fine Arts Program:
The Extracurricular Program offers optional activities for children!
This includes cheerleading, chime choir, Special Olympics, and JSS Explorers (a scouting-type experience).