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Block Institute provides special education programs to preschool and school age children with special needs ages three to eleven years at Block Institute School. Block Institute also provides preschool, integrated programs, Universal Pre – Kindergarten (UPK), and child care services to typically developing children and children with special needs at the Block Academy.
Block Institute School serves children with a variety of developmental disabilities including autism spectrum disorders (ASD), attention deficit disorders, and emotional disturbances. We also serve children with neuro-motor disorders including Cerebral Palsy, global developmental delays, cognitive delays, traumatic brain injury and medically fragile.
Block Institute School offers an array of sensory and motor activities, including a sensory integration room and modern physical therapy space. We also offer hearing screenings, a feeding therapy program, and full psychological testing on site. Adaptive Physical education and Aquatics are offered daily, and children receive instruction in martial arts, drama and expressive arts, and fine arts. We offer a state of the art Applied Behavior Analysis program for children with autism and significant emotional and behavioral disorders. We have an indoor heated pool that is staffed by a certified swim instructor and life guard. Children also enjoy our beautiful outdoor playground and tending to our School garden.
Alongside the Aquatics, Martial Arts, and other therapeutic programs offered as a part of Block Institute’s Children’s Services, Pals with Paws is a unique pet therapy experience that helps our students improve their ability to take part in treatments that will better their quality of life. The Pals with Paws program, introduced in 2009, is a progressive and innovative program that uses specially trained dogs in order to help our students find comfort, and open up to their therapeutic treatment. Working with trained and certified pet therapy handlers, the dogs are used in educational and therapeutic capacities with the children in classroom and one-on-one settings. This special therapy program employed by our clinicians and educators operates with the goal of improving therapeutic and educational outcomes and aspirations.
Block Institute School and Block Academy are approved by the NYC Department of Education as multidisciplinary evaluation sites that provide psychological and speech and language evaluations in English and Spanish and evaluations of occupational therapy, physical therapy, and educational needs. Special Education Itinerant Teacher (SEIT) services can be provided at the School, at home, in daycare, or in a child’s preschool setting.
Our staff consists of dedicated, experienced, and certified Special Education/Early Childhood Teachers, Speech Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Psychologists, and a Therapeutic Feeding Team. Our medical staff includes a full-time Registered Nurse and Licensed Practical Nurse, and a consulting Developmental Pediatrician. Our bi-lingual staff members speak Spanish, Russian, Italian, Chinese and Urdu. All school programs at the Block Institute School run on a 12-month calendar, which includes a six-week summer program. We participate in the National School Lunch program and provide breakfast and lunch daily to those children who qualify. Our Food Service Department adheres to our agency’s nutritional guidelines and wellness policy and works closely with the school nurse to accommodate students with dietary restrictions due to allergies and other medical concerns.
Block Institute Respite programs offer families a break from caring for
their child with a disability during school holiday and summer vacation
periods. The Respite program, funded through the Office of Mental
Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, offers children three to eight
years of age an opportunity for recreation and socialization in a safe,
supported environment. Our on-site School Holiday Day Respite Program runs
in December, February and April. Our two-week End of Summer Day Respite
Program runs the last two weeks in August. Transportation is available for
these programs. Children must be Home Community Based Services (HCBS) Waiver
eligible to attend.
Block Institute 376 Bay 44th
Street, Brooklyn, NY 11214