The Forbush Therapeutic Preschool at Towson

6501 N. Charles Street
Gibson Building
Baltimore, Maryland 21204

phone: 410-938-4411
fax: 410-938-4412

Coordinator: Diann Butler, M.S.

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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.

Program Description:
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:
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.

To make a referral, contact: 410-938-4411.

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E-mail the program director: Diann Butler

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6501 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, Maryland 21285

Sheppard Pratt is inside the Baltimore Beltway (Interstate 695) off of Exit 25.  Proceed south on Charles Street approximately 2.5 miles. Once on campus, follow the signs to the Gibson building.

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