The Forbush Therapeutic Preschool at Towson serves students ages
three to eight. The program provides special education and related services to
children with autism, pervasive developmental disorder (PDD), developmental
delays in one or more areas, severe behavioral and emotional problems, multiple
learning problems, and other related disorders.
A unique component of the program is that it draws from many different curricula.
The primary instructional focus is on early intervention using Applied Behavior
Analysis (ABA) approach in conjunction with a variety of other known techniques,
such as, differentiated instruction, natural environment training, visually cued
instruction, sensory integration, Verbal Behavior (VB) instruction, Social Thinking
curriculum, and play based interventions. Individual programs are created that educate
students in learning academics, social skills, communication, and basic life skills.
The students receive instruction in large and small groups, dyads, and individually.
Skills are taught in a highly structured setting such as discrete trial instruction,
than introduced in a less structured naturalistic setting. This design proves to
enhance skill development while improving generalization. A student to staff ratio
of 1:2 is maintained at all times. A primary focus is to reduce undesired behaviors
and increase functional skills that will ensure the students long term success. Each
student has an individualized schedule that outlines his or her daily instruction.
The Therapeutic Preschool Program is approved
by the Maryland State Department of Education. Located in the Gibson building
on the Towson campus of Sheppard Pratt, this 12-month program operates on
a full day basis, five days a week.
The staff includes a program principal, speech and language therapy, occupational
therapy, social worker, behavior specialist, a board certified behavior analyst
(BCBA), school nursing, physical therapy, and child psychiatrist. Services are
provided by direct therapy and/or consultation as indicated in the students’ IEP.