The Forbush Therapeutic Preschool at Towson

6501 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21285-6815

Phone: 410-938-4411
Fax: 410-938-4412

Diann Butler, M.S., Principal/Education Director

Hours: 8:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. M – F
Maximum Number of Students: 24
Number of Classrooms: 3

The Forbush Therapeutic Preschool at Towson is a 12-month special education program, located on the main campus of Sheppard Pratt Health System in Towson, Maryland, that provides educational services to students ages three to eight with autism spectrum disorder, emotional disabilities, speech and language impairments, other health impaired, developmental delays, and other related disorders.

We know how critical this time is to a young child’s development and we work very closely with the
entire family as we get to know your child and begin to develop strategies for early intervention and education. While there are many unique aspects to our program, the most important and influential is our amazing staff. Every single person who works with a child in our school is nurturing, caring, dedicated, and kind. We treat your child like they were our own, and work with them to customize instructional areas to fit the goals outlined in their Individualized Education Program (IEP). This helps us to develop unique programming that meets each student’s specific needs. ForbushPre_may2014_0123.jpg

At this age, our primary instructional focus is on early intervention. We create individualized programs to educate each student in academics, as well as social, communication, and basic life skills. We use Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) techniques to bring about positive change in behavior, and have a full-time Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) on staff to work with us as we reduce undesired behaviors early on in your child’s education. Other techniques and strategies used include:  

  • Differential instruction
  • Natural environment training
  • Visually cued instruction
  • Sensory integration
  • Verbal behavior (VB) instruction
  • Social thinking curriculum
  • Play based interventions

With a student to staff ratio of two to one, we work to develop an individualized schedule that outlines his or her daily instruction. Our learning environment is very innovative, and we integrate technology, including smart boards, iPads, laptops, and desktop computers, into our daily curriculum as appropriate.

ForbushPre_0180.JPGWe encourage parents to play an active role in their child’s education, providing them with report cards and progress updates, as well as routine parent/teacher meetings, and the ability to easily communicate with us via communication notebooks, email, and phone calls. We also involve families of our students in special events, such as our student talent shows and field trips. 

Our school is located on the Towson campus of Sheppard Pratt Health System, which allows us to easily collaborate with other Health System schools, clinicians, and professionals as we work with your child. It also gives us access to high-level training and technology, as well as a fantastic playground, student garden, and wide-open grassy areas for your child to run around and play, while also meeting his or her sensory needs.

Our related services include:

  • Speech and language therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Behavior management
  • Social work/counseling
  • Child psychiatrist
  • Physical therapy
  • School nursing services

Our school, categorized as Type I, is approved by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE).




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“The genuine love for the children exudes in the amount of time and effort that is put into creating a program where the children continue to thrive and grow… daily. As a parent, I couldn't ask for much more.”

Tracey B., parent

“Literally, every person who works with my son is amazing. This really is a special place.”

Rachael S., parent